CHESTER CITY open their pre-season campaign of matches this evening, when they entertain Championship side Stoke City at the Deva Stadium.
City will have a virtually new squad on show when the Coca-Cola League Two season kicks off on August 5, with the club bringing in 15 new players during the summer, and with another goalkeeper and a striker still on manager Mark Wright's wish list, the playing personnel will again be increased in the next week or so.
Wright has been pleased with the way his squad has trained since they started their pre-season preparations 10 days ago. "The lads have been first class, their fitness levels are good and this game against Stoke City is the ideal next step in our build up," he said.
"We will give the majority of the players a run out during the game, as well as trying out a couple of options we are working on."
Chester will give a run-out this evening to the former Wrexham striker Hector Sam who is on trial at the Deva, the ex-Everton defender Adam Eaton may also be involved.
Reduced pricing will be applicable for supporters this evening, entrance to the stands is £12, with admission to the terraces £10.
City could add a further pre-season friendly to their schedule today. Belgian Premier League side Cercle Brugge have requested a game against Mark Wright's team on Thursday as part of their tour of the North West.
If international permission can be obtained, the game will go ahead on Thursday evening (kick-off 7.45pm). The Belgians are also playing Blackburn and Blackpool during their mini-tour.
Chester are to have talks with striker Paul Rutherford later this week, the youngster hasn't yet signed a new contract that was offered to him. Chairman Stephen Vaughan and the player's agent are due to meet on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Guyana international striker Derek Asamoah who spent a period on loan with Chester at the end of last season is to have trials with Football League new boys Accrington Stanley.