NON-LEAGUE hotshot Jordan Connerton will not be joining Chester FC.
Neil Young invited the 22-year-old striker to train with the Blues during pre-season following his release from Crewe Alexandra.
But Connerton, whose prolific goalscoring record at Lancaster City earned him a £35,000 move to Crewe, has turned down the chance.
Chester boss Young said: “Jordan gave me a call to say he wouldn’t be coming to pre-season. He wants first-team football and he felt he may not get that here.
“I explained to him that there are no favourites and if he did come here and he scored goals, then he would play.
“But fair play to him, he’s not played a lot for Crewe and he’d like to be guaranteed football.”
Defenders Cliff Moyo and Tom Smith remain on trial with the Blues.
The duo may get a run out in the newly arranged friendly opener at Buckley Town on Thursday, July 12 (7pm).
Chester were supposed to be kick-starting their pre-season programme away to Ashville on the same night.
But West Cheshire League Division One champions Ashville cancelled the clash after their boss Jason Aldcroft left to join the management team at Huws Gray Alliance outfit Buckley.
Excitement is building among Blues supporters after the 2012-13 fixtures were released – and after the club confirmed they have set up a home friendly with an Aston Villa XI for Saturday, July 28 (3pm).
Chester will get their Blue Square Bet North campaign under way at Oxford City on Saturday, August 18 before welcoming Workington to the Exacta Stadium on Wednesday, August 22 for their first home game of the season.
But it is the match that follows next – the visit of Colwyn Bay on Saturday, August 25 – that really stands out for Young.
The double-title winning boss, who led the Bay to promotion before joining the Blues, said: “I’m really pleased we’ve got Colwyn Bay as our first Saturday home game.
“That and when we go to Colwyn Bay are two of the highlights for me.
“We had a very successful time there. It’s a great tight-knit club.”
The first of Chester’s eagerly anticipated derby encounters with Vauxhall Motors will take place at Rivacre Park on Tuesday, October 30.
Motors have been handed a trip to Corby Town on the opening day.
Chester FC Youth, meanwhile, begin their preparations for the new North West Youth Alliance season with friendlies at Caernarfon Town on Saturday (2pm) and Mold Alexandra on Tuesday (7pm).
Airbus UK Broughton could not have been handed a tougher Welsh Premier League opener.
The Wingmakers will come face-to-face with former manager Craig Harrison when they kick-off their season at defending champions The New Saints in a S4C-live clash on Friday, August 17.