Kingsley James is hoping his all-action approach will cement him a place in the Blues engine room for 2014-15.

But the 22-year-old will happily play wherever Steve Burr wants him as he prepares to focus on football and not finances.

Rotherham-born James left debt-ridden Hereford United on the day the Bulls were expelled from the Football Conference.

He arrived at the Swansway Chester Stadium on a 12-month deal as the Blues received a welcome reprieve from relegation.

Although James feels for the supporters at Edgar Street, he had no hesitation about leaving behind months of unpaid wages, false promises and training on concrete playgrounds.

James said: "There were a couple of other options but as soon as I heard Chester were in for me then I was ready to come.

"It’s a big club and the gaffer has got so much respect in football and I was really drawn to Chester.

"We kept getting told everything was fine financially at Hereford then all these problems started and it was very hard for us to deal with.

"It all came from the people at the top of the club and it’s a massive shame what’s happened.

"I loved my time at Hereford and I loved the fans but you can’t treat people like that.

"People have got mortgages and bills to pay. Our captain Luke Graham is getting married this summer and he’s not been paid for three months.

"When the lads found out what was going on then the results started to drop because it’s difficult to focus on football when you are worried about where your money is going to come from."

James began his career with Sheffield United, making one League Cup appearance for the Blades before moving to Port Vale in July 2011.

He featured 12 times for Vale over the next 18 months and was loaned to Chasetown and Hereford, who snapped him up on a permanent basis last summer.

James started last season as first choice and impressed in Hereford's 2-0 win over at Chester in August but injuries then intervened.

He missed four months but returned to help the Bulls finish one place above the Blues in the table, scoring crucial goals in wins over Welling United and Alfreton Town.

"We had such a long season and it wasn’t how we expected things to turn out," said James.

"Towards the end of the season the lads got together and said ‘we’ve got four or five games left so let’s do everything we can to keep the club up’ and that’s what happened.

"I really hope the fans end up running the club because that’s what Hereford needs now."

After a difficult 12 months on and off the pitch, James cannot wait for pre-season training to start.

He will bring energy and enthusiasm to a Blues midfield that was found wanting in 2013-14 but can provide cover in defence too.

James said: "I’m definitely at my best in centre midfield but if the gaffer requires me to do a job at centre half then I have filled in there before and have got not problem doing it again.

“I like to get in people’s faces and break play up but when I get the ball I look for a pass and like to get forward into the box.

“I got a couple of goals at the end of the season for Hereford so hopefully I can build on that with Chester and get myself a few more."