CHESTER CITY central defender Richard Hope is expected to complete his transfer to fellow Coca-Cola League Two club Shrewsbury Town later today.
Hope, who has a year on his Deva Stadium contract to run, has been informed by City manager Keith Curle that he doesn't figure in his future plans.
The 27-year-old Middlesbrough-born player, who has previously played for Darlington, Northampton Town, and York City, signed for City in June 2004 and made 28 League appearances last season.
City chairman Stephen Vaughan said last night: "The formalities are all in place, so it is likely that everything will be completed in the next 24 hours.
"We would like to thank Richard for his contribution during the past 12 months, and naturally we wish him well with his future career." Meanwhile, City have stepped up their search for a second senior goalkeeper, following their failure to bring the Hull City keeper Matt Duke to the Deva Stadium on loan.
Duke decided to join Stockport County last week, in preference to City.
"We have a number of options that we are looking at, however, it is unlikely that we will have concluded a deal prior to the weekend." said Vaughan.
City, who are unbeaten in their opening two league matches, and currently lie fifth in the table, are next in action on Saturday when they face another unbeaten side, Grimsby Town at the Deva Stadium.