CHESTER CITY'S leading scorer Daryl Clare has pledged his future to the Deva Stadium outfit, and quashed speculation that he may be about to move to Scottish Premier League club Aberdeen.
The Scottish club made enquiries about City's 24-year-old hot-shot and tabled an offer, but their valuation was well beneath City's. And so far they have failed to return with an increased bid.
However, even if a higher offer did materialise this week, it is unlikely that the popular striker would be too keen on a move north of the border.
"I'm very happy with Chester and my family have just settled in the area. So as long as Chester want me I'm going to stay here.
"The interest from Aberdeen is flattering and it would probably be a great career move, but at the moment it's not an issue," said Clare.
The former Grimsby Town and Boston United forward added: "I spoke to Mark Wright (Chester manager) and he confirmed there had been contact from Aberdeen, but as I say it's not an issue. It's nice to have been linked."
Meanwhile, Chester have announced that their average attendance in the Nationwide Conference 2002-2003 season that has just finished was nearly double the average Deva Stadium attendance of the previous season.
An average of 2,406 people turned up for home games, compared to 1,274 for the previous campaign.
The figure represents an 89 per cent increase in attendances at the Deva and gives the club a major boost.
City chairman Stephen Vaughan said: "The figures show that we are going in the right direction and the people of the area are supporting us.
"The potential at this club is tremendous. We have a fantastic base of fans.
"I would like to thank all our supporters for their continued and loyal support. Roll on next season."
City Reserves play tomorrow when they entertain Farsley Celtic in a Lancashire League fixture at Flint Town's ground (8pm kick-off). The Reserves final game is on Thursday evening against Bradford Park Avenue at Flint Town (8pm).