Chester FC have announced their first friendly of the summer.

Chester will entertain League One outfit Walsall on Saturday, July 22 (3pm kick-off).

It means a swift return to the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium for Ian Sharps and Liam Roberts.

Sharps left his position as Blues boss Jon McCarthy's assistant in November to become Walsall's first-team coach.

Goalkeeper Roberts spent the 2016-17 season on loan with Chester and has now returned to the Saddlers, where has been offered a new contract.

But Walsall team-mate Theo Vassell, who also spent the campaign on loan with the Blues, have been released on a free transfer.

The confirmation of the pre-season clash is set to kick start another busy day at Chester - with more friendlies to be announced.

Already this week Chester have announced their retained list, named Tom Shaw as their new player/assistant manager, signed Harry White, and handed new contracts to Ryan Astles, James Akintunde, Craig Mahon, Jordan Chapell and Liam Davies, as well youth team trio James Jones, Tom Crawford and Nathan Brown.