KEVIN Sandwith has turned his back on the chance to extend his stay with the Blues.
The 30-year-old utility player was offered a 12-month contract by boss Simon Davies last Friday, but he has opted to look for pastures new.
Davies said: “It was a deal that was put on the table for him but he decided it wasn’t for him. We parted on good terms and that’s where it was left.”
Sandwith was signed by Mark Wright in the summer of 2006 and spent most of last season out of favour. But the former Macclesfield skipper was brought in from the cold by Davies during the run-in and finished up making 12 starts, with 10 appearances from the bench.
It has been a busy week at the Deva, with seven out-of-contract players being shown the door by Davies last Friday.
Reserve goalkeeper Phil Palethorpe, defenders Simon Marples and Sean Hessey, midfielders Dean Bennett, Tony Grant and Adam Walker and striker Simon Yeo were all told their Chester contracts will not be renewed.
None of the seven made many first-team appearances last season – Yeo led the way with 21 – and their departures did not come as a major surprise.
Davies said: “This is never a nice time of the year, when you have to tell players that they don’t fit into your future plans.
“I would like to thank all the players who have been released for their efforts while they were with the club, and of course send them my best wishes for the rest of their careers.”
The Blues are still waiting to hear whether striker Chris Holroyd and full-back Sean Newton will agree to the new terms they have been offered. Both are out of contract this summer.
Youth team graduates Paul McManus, Shaun Kelly and Paul Rutherford have all agreed new terms and are expected to officially sign their contracts soon.