INJURED Chester City goalkeeper Wayne Brown last night signed a new three-year contract with the Nationwide Conference leaders.
The news represnted a boost for the former Bristol City shotstopper, who on Wednesday was told his foot injury hadn't rectified itself properly and that further surgery would be required which would rule him out of action for the remainder of the season.
However during discussions with City chairman Stephen Vaughan, Brown pledged his future to the club until the summer of 2007.
Vaughan said: "After the disappointment of the medical news on Wednesday, Wayne and ourselves have been given a boost by this development.
"Wayne has experience of playing in the Football League, and whilst we don't know yet which league we will be playing in next season, we are both hopeful that it is a return to the Football League."
As part of the deal with Brown, Chester have awarded him a testimonial match, which will be played at the end of the season.
Vaughan also revealed they would be talking to Kidderminster Harriers midfield player Danny Williams, who is currently on loan with City, with a view to offering him a permanent deal.
"We will open discussions with Danny, and offer him terms. He is out of contract with his club during the summer, but we would like to have him on board permanently before then."
City are next in action tomorrow afternoon, when Burton Albion visit the Deva Stadium. The games pits City boss Mark Wright against his former Liverpool team-mate Nigel Clough, who is currently in charge of the Brewers.
Meanwhile, City's home match against Exeter City on Easter Saturday April 10, is one of two games under consideration for live screening by Sky Television.