Wrexham's loss is very much Chester FC 's gain when it comes to Elliott Durrell, believes Blues boss Jon McCarthy.
Durrell capped a fine individual display in the 3-0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday by opening the scoring with a sublime 25-yard volley.
He caught the eye in pre-season with his performances and already looks to be a shrewd addition to the Chester side having arrived from Tamworth in the summer.
And McCarthy says that Durrell has the hunger to prove himself at National League level after feeling he wasn't afforded a real chance during his spell with Wrexham, a club he left 12 months ago.
"He is creative and bright and there is a hunger to him," said McCarthy, who could welcome a new addition to the squad prior to the home clash with Maidstone United on Saturday (3pm).
"There was a club not far away that didn't give him a fair chance and I think we have recognised that and we did a lot of homework on Elliott.
"It is early days but, wow, does he want it!"
Durrell, 26, was brought to Wrexham by former manager Andy Morrell in February 2014 only shortly before the boss was replaced by Kevin Wilkin.
The midfielder didn’t enjoy the happiest stint in North Wales and was allowed to leave the club last summer by Gary Mills.
But McCarthy insists that the experience has benefitted him and that he has the ability to shine at National League level.
"We have known about him for a while and we have done a lot of homework on him," said McCarthy.
"He is hungry and it is because what had happened to him up the road and he doesn't feel like they gave him a real chance and we have took a gamble on that and it is going well so far. We're really pleased with him."