Chester FC manager Steve Burr will be 'surprised' if the club doesn't receive offers for Ben Heneghan in January.

England C international Heneghan has put a slow start to the season behind him and, although suspended for this weekend's trip to Cheltenham Town , has been outstanding of late.

Scouts from clubs in the Football League and Scottish Premiership have been regular visitors to the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium to check on the form on the 22-year-old.

Heneghan signed a new contract at the end of last season and Burr is preparing himself for interest in the centre-back when the transfer window reopens.

Burr said: "I'd be surprised if there isn't interest because of the way he has been playing.

"It was probably a bit of a shaky start to the season for Ben but he's still a young lad and learning the game but I'd be very surprised if there's no interest shown in him because he's been terrific

"He got called up to the England C side and did well for the them and he's been performing well for us. I want him to progress. The longer he's with us the better but I do want him to progress."

Ben Heneghan challenging Gateshead winger CJ Hamilton last weekend
Ben Heneghan challenging Gateshead winger CJ Hamilton last weekend

Salford-born Heneghan started his career at Everton and then moved on to Stoke City. Following his release from the Britannia Stadium, he signed for Chester in August 2014 after impressing on trial.

He made 40 appearances last term, scoring an impressive eight goals, including a last-gasp winner against Wrexham.