RICHIE Partridge has revealed how he sought the advice of Michael Owen's dad - a Sealand Road hero from the 1970s - before signing for Chester City.
The 26-year-old right winger knew exactly who to turn to as he mulled over a move to the Saunders Honda Stadium.
He has the perfect family connections as his wife Lesley is the youngest sister of England and Newcastle United striker Owen, and the daughter of former Chester player Terry Owen.
Partridge, who signed a two-year deal with City on Wednesday after being released by cash-strapped Rotherham United at the weekend, said: 'My father-in-law used to play for Chester and he most certainly has fond memories of being here. He was telling me how good a club it was when he was here, which is going back a few years now.
'Hopefully I can follow in his foot-steps.'
Terry, 57, made more than 200 appearances for Chester in the mid-70s and was one of the heroes of the club's adventure to the League Cup semi-finals of 1975.
His son Michael was in the same youth team as Partridge when the pair were trainees at Liverpool and they have remained friends to this day.
By signing for Chester, Partridge can be closer to the Flintshire home he shares with wife Lesley. But the former Coventry City and Sheffield Wednesday star says there was more to his decision to leave Rotherham than geography.
'The key factor for me is coming to a club and playing under a manager who believes in me and wants me to play in the way I know I can play,' said Partridge. 'Obviously, the fact that it's 20 minutes down the road from where I live is certainly a bonus, but it's not the key factor for coming.'
Dublin-born Partridge, who describes himself as an 'old-fashioned winger who likes to beat a full-back or two', is fiercely ambitious and keen to climb back up the Football League ladder - ideally with Chester.
He said: 'I'd be lying if I said I wanted to be playing in League Two for the rest of my career. I want to progress, hopefully with Chester. If we can get out of this league, brilliant.
'I believe in my own ability and I believe that I am better than League Two standard and, hopefully, I can prove that this season.'