CHESTER City finally got their man last night, when attacking midfielder Ryan Lowe completed his transfer from Shrewsbury Town.
City tried to sign the player last month without success, but a renewed effort over the past 48 hours has garnered a positive result.
The 26-year-old Liverpool-born player was a goalscoring member of the Shrewsbury side who thrashed City 5-0 at Gay Meadow four weeks ago.
Lowe joined Shrewsbury from Burscough five years ago, and scored 20 goals in 107 Football League games prior to the club's relegation two seasons ago.
He was an integral member of the side which won the Nationwide Conference play-offs last season.
Following the transfer City Chairman Stephen Vaughan said: "Ryan is a player that we have been after for quite a while.
"He is a versatile player who can play on the left or right of midfield, or alternatively up front. He will definitely bring an added dimension to our squad."
Lowe has signed a contract with City until the summer of 2007, and there is a 12 month option after that.
Chester are also hopeful of signing Liverpool's reserve-team goalkeeper
Paul Harrison prior to tomorrow's transfer deadline, Vaughan said: "I have had conversations with Paul's agent Ronnie Goodlass who is trying to broker a deal with Liverpool.
"If we can't complete the formalities prior to Thursday night, then we will try to finalise things in the summer when Paul is a free agent."
Meanwhile, it is under-stood that Nationwide Conference play-off chasing Stevenage Borough are poised to make an offer for City goalkeeper Wayne Brown.
Brown, who recently lost his first-team place to Chris Mackenzie, has made nearly 300 senior appearances for Chester.
Tonight City's reserve side play a mini derby match, when they face Wrexham at Newy Cefn Druids ground (kick-off 7pm).