Chester manager Jon McCarthy has made his first signing by bringing in central defender Blaine Hudson, following his release by Wrexham.
Hudson’s arrival on a one-year contract can help counter balance the potential loss of Ian Sharps and Ben Heneghan.
Sharps is now McCarthy’s number two, while Heneghan has been linked with several English Football League clubs.
Hudson, 24, was released after helping Wrexham finish eighth in the National League, nine places above Chester.
The former Cambridge United and Welling United player scored seven times in 69 games in his two seasons at the Racecourse Ground.
Two more signings are expected to be announced at Bumpers Lane this week by McCarthy, who was appointed as Steve Burr’s successor in May.
Chester have also been linked with another former Wrexham player, Shrewsbury-based attacking midfielder Elliott Durrell, who is a free agent after leaving National League North side Tamworth, where he finished top scorer.
But they suffered a blow earlier this month when John Rooney, brother of England captain Wayne Rooney, turned down the offer of a new contract to move the other way across the Welsh border and join Wrexham.
McCarthy has also lost 22-goal top scorer Ross Hannah to Barrow, but have so far signed up Luke George, Kane Richards,James Alabi and Jordan Chapell on new deals.