CHESTER CITY will sign Liverpool's right-back Stephen Vaughan today, as they build their squad in preparation for their return to the Football League.
The 19-year-old Merseyside-born player was also sought by the Belgian side KV Mechelen and Norwegian club Viking Stavanger, but City manager Mark Wright persuaded the youngster that his future would be better served at the Deva Stadium.
Stephen is the son of the Chester chairman Stephen Vaughan, but Wright says that the signing is definitely not a case of nepotism. "I have seen the player on a number of occasions, and I had to persuade his father that it would be a beneficial move for the lad and this football club.
"He's got something about him, and I know we can teach him a lot. He has had a fabulous grounding with Steve Heighway, but here he will be treated just like any other young player in the squad and will be selected on merit, when I am convinced that he can do in a Chester shirt what I have seen him do in the Liverpool kit."
Vaughan junior came through the Liverpool youth system, before signing professional forms on his 17th birthday. He made 33 appearances for Liverpool's reserve side and is expected to sign a three-year contract at the Deva. Wright is also targeting a number of other players, and developments can be expected in the next week or so.