CHESTER City will today complete the signing of the former York City and Carlisle United defender Darren Edmondson.
The 32-year-old wing-back will give manager Mark Wright competition on the right flank, with the ex-Liverpool player Stephen Vaughan also joining the Deva Stadium payroll earlier this summer.
"We have agreed a one-year contract with Darren, with an option for an extra year," said City chairman Stephen Vaughan last night.
"We now have 20 professionals signed on for the coming season and that was our target when we planned this coming campaign. We have 18 experienced players and two youngsters signed up and everything is looking extremely positive. Like everybody at the Deva Stadium the new seeason can't come quickly enough."
Meanwhile, City's physiotherapist Joe Hinnigan has left the Deva Stadium by mutual consent. The 50-year-old Merseyside-born former central defender played for Sunderland, Wrexham and Chester prior to taking up physiotherapy. His contract was due to expire at the end of the year.
"We will now search for a chartered physio. I would like to thank Joe for the contribution he has made to Chester City and wish him good luck in the future," said Vaughan.
Chester will be hoping for an attractive tie in this season's Carling Cup which will be drawn later today. Newly-promoted City are one of the unseeded clubs who will be drawn against one of the seeds who include Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sunderland, Nottingham Forest and Derby County.
Vaughan said: "Obviously our main wish is to get a home tie, but then to be paired with one of the big clubs like a Leeds or a Wolves would be a real bonus. This is the first time in four years that we have been involved in the Football League Cup and it is a great feeling to be back rubbing shoulders with the big names of our domestic game."