CHESTER City are poised to clinch their ninth signing of the summer later today when the club finalise negotiations with the ex-York City defender Darren Edmondson.
The 32-year-old wingback, who started his career with Carlisle United, has also had spells with Huddersfield Town and Plymouth Argyle.
Edmondson has been training with Chester for the past 10 days, and has impressed the City management during his pre-season spell.
"Darren has done well, he is quick and his presence will give me competition on the right flank," said Deva Stadium manager Mark Wright. "The player also brings a great deal of experience with him, which can only be beneficial to the club."
Wright and Edmondson will have a meeting later today and if personal terms can be agreed the formalities will be completed.
Wright continued: "Training is progressing particularly well, the players have responded well and we are on course for our first friendly match against Walsall a week on Saturday."
One player who is slightly behind the rest of the Chester squad's fitness programme is midfielder Paul Carden, who underwent an operation on his troublesome knee during the summer.
"Paul is aiming to be ready for the start of the season. He has made good progress and he is the sort of character who is determined to catch up the other player's fitness levels," said Wright.
Meanwhile, former City centre-back Scott Guyett joined Yeovil Town yesterday. The Ascot-born player, who signed a two-year contract with the Somerset club, had a contract offer from Chester withdrawn last week after he failed to respond to the deal.
After he had signed for the West Country club Guyett said: "I'd been at Chester for two years and had a great time, but I felt the time was right for a new challenge, which is the main reason I came down here."
Chester's sixth pre-season friendly is at Welsh League Premier Division club Connah's Quay Nomads on Thursday, July 29.