DARYL Clare has given Chester supporters further reason to roar their resurrected club back up the non-league ladder by revealing he would jump at the chance to return to the Blues in the future.
The 31-year-old Gateshead hitman remains one of the most feared strikers in the Blue Square Premier and so has no plans to drop down to play for Neil Young’s men next season.
But if Chester can win promotion at the first attempt and then continue their ascent, Clare can see himself pulling on the blue and white striped shirt once more.
“I could definitely see myself playing for Chester again,” said Clare, whose induction into the City Fans United Hall of Fame was the highlight of last Thursday’s Chester FC relaunch night at the Guildhall.
“It’s not unrealistic to think that our paths may cross again. I’ll be coming towards the end of my career in the next three or fours years, while we’re all very hopeful of Chester progressing, so I wouldn’t rule it out.”
Clare fired Chester to the Conference title in 2004 and his record of 48 goals in just 60 league games underlines why he is revered as a modern-day Blues legend.
The well-travelled frontman was genuinely taken aback by the rapturous reception he received from the 500-strong crowd at the Guildhall and he believes Chester fans’ passion for their club burns brighter than ever.
“To be entering the club’s Hall of Fame is something very special,” said Clare, who was close to re-signing for Blues last season when Jim Harvey was in charge.
“The love for this club seems stronger than ever. If everyone stays loyal and stays passionate, this club can get back to where it once was.”
Clare is the third inductee into Chester’s Hall of Fame after Grenville Millington and Gary Talbot.