George Horan has returned to Welsh Premier League club Gap Connah's Quay following his departure from the Chester FC.
Chester-born Horan captained the Blues for four seasons having been signed from Droylsden in July 2010.
He led his home-town club to three successive league titles, scoring 20 times in 159 games.
He left the Swansway Chester Stadium two weeks ago having failed to agree a new contract and attracted interest from clubs in England and Wales.
Altrincham, Airbus UK Broughton, Colwyn Bay and FC United of Manchester are all understood to have wanted the 32-year-old but Nomads have won the race.
Horan, who lives in Upton, began his career with Wrexham but moved to Connah's Quay in 2000.
He made more than 140 appearances in five seasons with the club before switching to Rhyl, where he remained until 2010 when he left for Droylsden.
Horan has signed a two-year contract at the Deeside Stadium and his capture is clear statement of intent from Nomads, who are a targeting a top-six finish next term.
Director of football Mark McGregor said: "I am delighted to have George on board – he will add a great leadership quality to our defence.
"Everybody knows his qualities and he has been Chester’s rock for the last four years and he will prove a huge hit here as well."