JAMIE Hand believes Mark Wright is the man to turn Chester City from relegation strugglers into dark horses for promotion, writes Paul Hassall.
The former Watford midfielder, who signed for the Blues on a free transfer from Northampton Town in May, played under Wright during a loan spell at Peterborough United last term.
The City boss impressed Hand enough to convince him to move to the Saunders Honda Stadium.
Hand said: 'When my contract finished at Northampton, Mark rang me up and said he was interested in signing me.
'There were a couple of other clubs interested but having played under Mark before and seen how he operates I knew it was the right decision to come here.'
The 22-year-old had been tipped to make a big impact in the Championship with Watford and, after making his first-team debut under former Hornets boss Gianluca Vialli, he was named the club's young player of the year in 2003.
However, injuries and managerial changes saw the midfielder fall out of favour at Vicarage Road and led to a series of frustrating loan spells at Oxford United, Livingston, Peterborough, Huddersfield Town and Northampton.
Having endured the instability of the past two seasons, Hand is eager to finally establish himself at a league club and is hoping to make a big impact at Chester next season.
'I can't wait to get started. I want to prove my worth and establish myself as a first-team regular,' said Hand, who says City fans can expect to see a fully committed, all-round midfield player when he pulls on the blue jersey.
'It's not going to be easy and it will be a hard league again but Mark came in and turned it around for them last season and I think we can build on that.
'I know he's trying hard to bring in some new players to strengthen the squad and with that in mind I don't see why we can't be dark horses to challenge for promotion.'
Hand is one of 13 Chester players under contract for next season but he is one of only two recognised midfielders currently on the club's books.
Stephen Vaughan - sparingly used last season - is the other middle man, but Ben Davies, Stewart Drummond, Tom Curtis and Justin Walker have all left.