CHESTER CITY appear to have won the race to sign the Doncaster midfielder Ricky Ravenhill, folowing discussions between the player and a director last night.
Chester had faced opposition from Boston and Grimsby for the 25-year-old Yorkshireman's services but last night's meeting was declared as extremely positive by City chairman Stephen Vaughan.
"Thankfully the player and his agent have agreed to sign for us, it has taken a lot of negotiating, but the forms are now prepared and I think it is safe to say he is our player."
He added: "Mark Wright and myself have been chasing the player for a while and he will prove to be a massive signing."
It is understood that Chester have paid in the region of £50,000 for Ravenhill, whose career started with Barnsley, before his moved to Doncaster.
City also completed the signing of Exeter midfielder Glenn Cronin yesterday, the 24-year-old Irishman has penned a two-year deal.
Vaughan as now bankrolled 15 new signings this summer in a bid to earn automatic promotion this season, "The club is now ready to take off, we have invested heavily to gain promotion and the place is really buzzing.
"Everybody just wants the season to start, I have a good feeling about the forthcoming campaign, hopefully our supporters will get behind the team."
Meanwhile Chester are giving a trial to attacking midfielder Ismael Rhazdis who has been released by Monaco. The 18-year-old Frenchman will be in the squad who face Stoke in next Tuesday's friendly at the Deva Stadium.