CHESTER FC have pulled off a major transfer coup by luring keeper John Danby back to the Exacta Stadium.

The 27-year-old last night rejected offers from three Blue Square Premier clubs in favour of a return to Chester. One of the teams he turned down is believed to be the Blues’ fierce rivals, Wrexham.

Danby, who was out of contract at Blue Square North side Eastwood Town, has signed a two-year deal.

Blues boss Neil Young said: “He was always my number one choice.

“He’s an excellent signing, an experienced keeper, and I’m delighted to bring him back to Chester.”

Stoke-born Danby became a firm fans’ favourite during his first spell at Chester between 2006 and 2010, clocking up a club record 128 consecutive Football League appearances.

Chester director Steve Ashton added: “We had a little difficulty with the goalkeeping position last season, but given John’s record and ability we believe he will be an excellent signing for the club.

“John joins us within the club’s wage structure and his move to us was facilitated by a respected member of the Chester business community.”

Young is also close to sealing a deal for an exciting right-winger who, like Danby, played in the Conference leagues last season.

Danby’s arrival at the Exacta Stadium follows that of giant 6ft 5in former Macclesfield Town and Stockport County striker Matty McNeil.

The 34-year-old, who can also play centre-back, had his choice of clubs following his release from Southport.

But the 34-year-old chose to join the Blues after being convinced they can make it back-to-back Evo-Stik League promotions.

Young still wants a left-back to challenge Chris Williams, but new boy Liam Brownhill is likely to be installed as Chester’s first-choice right-back after Michael Aspin was transfer-listed along with midfielder Mark Connolly.

Unlike Connolly, Aspin is out of contract. But as he is under 24 and was offered a new deal before May 7, the Blues will be entitled to compensation.

Midfielder Tom McCready has been released.