England C-capped defender Kieran Charnock has completed his move to Chester FC, becoming the club's third signing of the summer.
Blues boss Steve Burr had the 29-year-old when he was managed Northwich Victoria and is 'delighted' to have the centre back on board for next season.
Preston-born Charnock came through the ranks at Wigan Athletic and spent time on loan at Southport before being released and moving to Northwich.
Under Burr, he developed into one of the best defenders in non-league and earned a move into the Football League with Peterborough United in July 2007.
Charnock struggled for first team football and was loaned to Accrington Stanley before signing for Torquay United for the 2009-10 campaign.
Spells with Fleetwood Town - where he won the Conference Premier title - and Macclesfield Town followed before he completed a permanent move to Stockport County 12 months ago.
Charnock captained the Hatters last season but was not offered a new deal at Edgeley Park.
Burr said: "I’m delighted to have signed Kieran and know what he is all about.
"He’s experienced in both league and non-league and I have always kept a good eye on his progress.
"I look forward to working with him again."
Talks are continuing with a number of other targets with defender Chris McCready, who has played for Crewe Alexandra, Tranmere Rovers and Morecambe, and Hednesford Town defender John Disney linked to the Blues.
Burr has also been speaking to members of last season's squad with Jamie Menagh understood to have agreed a new deal.