Tom Peers has left Chester FC to sign a deal with National League North side Hednesford Town for the rest of the 2016-17 season.
The 20-year-old striker, who was born in Warrington, came through Chester’s academy but moved to Keys Park on loan before Christmas in seach of more regular football having fallen down the pecking order.
Peers had found his first-team chances limited this season and has now reached an agreement to leave the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium on a permanent basis.
He said: “I’m made up to have joined Hednesford Town for the remainder of the season and looking forward to the challenge ahead
“I’d like to thank everyone involved at Chester for my time there. I thoroughly enjoyed it, learned a lot and made some great memories.
“It’s been a great few years but it’s time for a new challange. I want to wish all the best to everyone involved from the players to the staff and the fans.”
Peers has been with the Blues since 2010 and his prolific scoring record for the club’s youth teams led former manager Neil Young to give him his first-team debut aged 17.
He had a productive spell on loan at 1874 Northwich in 2013-14 and was loaned to Hednesford and Marine last season.
Peers bagged eight goals in just nine games for the Crosby club and that prompted Steve Burr to recall him in March, including him in the squad for the final seven games.
Peers signed a new 12-month deal at the end of last season.
He made seven appearances as a substitute in the National League this term, scoring once in the 2-1 comeback win at Macclesfield Town.
Peers was loaned to Salford City in November before linking up with Hednesford the following month.
He departs Chester having made 37 senior appearances in total, scoring four goals.
Hednesford manager Frank Sinclair said: "Tom is a player that we know well with him having spent three loan spells with us, albeit the second one being cut short due to him being recalled.
"Tom has had to sit and wait for his opportunity as he gets back up to speed but he got his chance last weekend with him starting the game and I’m delighted that he has joined the club on a permanent basis."