CHESTER CITY last night agreed an extended contract with their teenage sensation Lee Woodyatt following a week of negotiations.
The Welsh Youth international defender, who has been watched recently by a clutch of Football League scouts, has turned in regular performances of high quality since new City boss Mark Wright brought him back into the senior squad last month.
Ex-manager Graham Barrow was a great admirer of the youngster and selected him regularly last season, but subsequent Deva Stadium bosses Gordon Hill and Steve Mungall overlooked the 18-year-old's talents and it looked as though he would be on the way out of the Deva. That was until Wright picked up where Barrow left off and resurrected the Wrexham-born youngster's career.
City chairman Stephen Vaughan enthused last night: "It's pleasing that we have reached agreement with Lee and his advisers. He has a great future in front of him in the game and now he will hopefully see a large percentage of that future with Chester City as we progress together.
"We are aware of the interest that has been shown in Lee, but we are building things at Chester after what has gone on before and Lee is very much part of our tomorrows."
Chester have also bolstered their first team squad by signing the former Rochdale and Rotherham United defender Mark Williams. The 23-year-old Merseysider has been signed on non-contract forms.
One player who has left the Deva Stadium is defender Wes Kilgannon, who has joined League of Wales side Caernarfon Town.
Meanwhile, the Deva Stadium has been selected to host one of the AXA FA Women's Cup semi-finals next month.
The quarter-finals, which are to be played tomorrow, include Tranmere Rovers, Doncaster and Arsenal.
* Neil Turner's guests on Channel One TV's 'Sportstalk' programme tomorrow are former Tranmere Rovers favourite Gary Bennett and ex-Gillingham and Sunderland defender Joe Hinnigan. The show is transmitted at 11.15 am, 3.15 pm and 6.15 pm.