Chester have announced the signing of winger John Johnston.
Johnston joins the Blues from National League North rivals Altrincham, with talk of the move doing the rounds on social media yesterday. It has now been confirmed and it sees the 25-year-old link up again with his former Salford City managers Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson.
Johnston was Phil Parkinson’s first signing as Alty manager, and he struck 20 goals during the 2017/18 season which saw them win the Evo-Stik Premier by 13 points. He joins Chester after the club triggered a release clause in his contract, signing on an initial 18-month deal, with an option to extend for a further year in the club’s favour.
Joint-manager Anthony Johnson told the club’s website: “This is a signing of intent from our football club. We’ve signed a rival’s best player at the peak of his career at the age of 25 with a goal ratio of one in three.
“Having played for Bern and I previously at Salford City, we know exactly what qualities John possesses, whether it be an eye for a goal or skipping past an opponent to put a chance on a plate for his teammate. His enthusiasm to sign for Chester typifies his ambitions in the game and we believe he’ll play a huge part in helping us meet them.”