DESPITE the current heat and humidity, Chester manager Mark Wright has been pleased with the way his players have responded in the opening few days of pre-season training.
City's players returned to training last Friday, with all the new summer recruits meeting the players who are staying on from last season.
"Despite the abnormal searing heat, we have put the players through their paces, I have been pleased with the fitness levels that most of the lads have shown on their return to training, and it's a credit to them.
"This stage of the year is always crucial to players, they not only have to build up their fitness, but they also learn quickly the roles that they will be expected to play in my squad," said Wright.
Former Tranmere Rovers defender Paul Linwood met his new team-mates for the first time yesterday, and then joined in his initial training session with City.
Wright enthused: "Paul looked in excellent condition, his fitness is first class and I know he will fit in well here at Chester City."
Wright was tight-lipped about future acquisitions, but it is thought that at least two or maybe three players will be added to the squad prior to the start of the Football League season in early August.
Two players who joined the City squad in training yesterday were the former Wrexham striker Hector Sam, and ex-Everton and Preston defender Adam Eaton.
Eaton, 26, who was released by Mansfield Town last month, was a member of the Everton squad that lifted the FA Youth Cup in 1998.
Chester's first pre-season friendly is next Tuesday when Stoke City visit (kick off 7.45pm).