Getting back into full-time football and having the chance to play in front of big crowds mattered more than money for new signing Danny Taylor.
Blues boss Steve Burr made the 22-year-old his second capture of the summer on Monday and Taylor is itching to get started.
He said: “The club is more of a pull than anything and if someone had offered me double the money I’d have turned it down.
“Steve rang me before he went away with England C and asked if I was interested in coming here full-time and it was a no-brainer.
“It’s such a good opportunity and it’s a club that belongs in the Football League to me.
“Not many clubs have as much history and I’m going to be playing in front of 2,000 people.
“I’ve been working in a factory just doing a bit of cleaning so I can’t wait to start training full-time again and I’m really excited about it.”
Chester-born Taylor grew up in Deeside and went to Connah’s Quay High School. He joined Shrewsbury Town as a teenager and made two Football League appearances but was released in May 2011.
Taylor admits he lost interest in football but then Airbus UK Broughton boss Craig Harrison talked him into joining the Welsh Premier League side.
Taylor said: “I remember Chester coming to play us and my mate Ben Jones was playing for them and I was a ball boy. It was a bit weird.
“I was quite close to walking away because I went from being in the first team aged 17 to not even training with the first team two years later.
“Craig persuaded me to come back and stick with it and I’m so glad he did because it’s paid off. “
Taylor left the Wingmakers in September 2012, moving to Colwyn Bay the following month and caught the eye under ex-Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair this season.
Taylor rejected a mid-season move to The New Saints and claimed the players’ player and supporters’ player of the season awards at Llanelian Road.
Taylor said: “Frank gave me a chance when he took over and I think I repaid him with a good season.”
Burr encourages his full-backs to get forward and Taylor believes that will suit his game.
He said: “I spoke to Steve and to Jon McCarthy and they said they’d had me watched three or four times last season.
“I love to get on the ball, start moves from the back and a lot of the attacks last season came down my side.
“I love to get up and down and I like to think I’m a modern full-back and that’s what Steve wants.”