CHESTER CITY manager Mark Wright has bolstered his squad ahead of the upcoming League Two campaign after snapping up former Tranmere defender Graham Allen.
The 29-year-old ex-Everton trainee found first-team opportunities limited at Rushden & Diamonds last season but has agreed a one-year deal at the Deva Stadium.
Allen played over 190 games for Tranmere over a six-year period after leaving Goodison Park before moving to Rushden in June 2004 on a free transfer.
The 6ft defender played over 25 games during his first season at Nene Park but made just five league appearances last season as Diamonds were relegated to the Conference.
Meanwhile, Chester chairman Stephen Vaughan remains committed to providing the club with a new training facility.
Vaughan has already earmarked a site for the new development which would be shared with Widnes Vikings rugby league club.
"The site I have identified is eight miles from the Halton Stadium in Widnes and 12 miles away from the Saunders Honda Stadium in Chester," he told Chester's official website.
"I'm looking for a joint usage agreement for a 16-acre site which would consist of a playing field, clubhouse and training facilities."
Vaughan hopes the project will act as a signal of his determination to succeed at the club.
He said: "Next season will be my fifth season at Chester and my hopes of success haven't changed at the club since the day I took over."