Chester FC have signed Brendon Daniels on non-contract terms with the winger coming straight into consideration for tonight's clash with relegation rivals Tamworth (7.45pm).
Daniels had a loan spell with the Blues last season under former manager Neil Young. He made two appearances, scoring on his debut in a 2-0 home win over Vauxhall Motors.
Steve Burr has now brought the rangy left footer back to the club as he looks to strengthen his squad for the relegation run in.
Born in Stoke-on-Trent, the 20-year-old came through the Crewe Alexandra academy set-up and signed his first professional contract in May 2011.
He was handed his senior debut the following August and made 10 appearances for the Alex but manager Steve Davies decided to release him at the end of the season.
Daniels went on trial with Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers in October, scoring twice in a Lancashire Senior Cup win over Rochdale, before linking up with Skrill Premier club Gateshead in January.
He scored a hat-trick against Darlington 1883 in a Durham Challenge Cup tie but Heed boss Gary Mills opted against offering him a deal.
"It was difficult game to judge a player on but Daniels scored three goals and the second was a great strike," Mills told the club's official website.
"He's been training with us and has got an excellent left foot and good balance."