Chesterfield have now completed the signing of Chester left-back Joel Taylor.

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Taylor makes the step up a division to the National League, with Chester confirming an initial £25,000 fee, with further add-ons relating to future on-field successes across the next two seasons.

Spireites manager James Rowe said: “Joel is someone I have followed for a while now and he is a player that I know fits in physically and technically with how we want to play here. I would like to thank (Chester managers) Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson for their co-operation on reaching an agreement.

“I am confident our supporters will enjoy watching Joel in a Chesterfield shirt over the coming months and seasons.”

Chester’s joint-manager Anthony Johnson told the club’s website: “We’re obviously disappointed to lose Joel at an important stage of the season. He is a player we’ve invested a lot of time in, in terms of scouting and coaching, but we believe it’s probably the right time and the best deal in the interests of all parties.

“It was made aware to us that there was interest in him from Chesterfield late last week, and when we asked him what his thoughts on it were, he told us he wanted to leave Chester and sign for them.”

Johnson went on to add: “The total package we’ll receive for Joel is the third-biggest the club has made since reformation and shows that the hybrid model is starting to bear fruit, with players wanting to commit to extra training sessions, which ultimately leads to greater performance and a higher residual value on each of our players. We’ve loved working with him and wish him all the luck in the world with his new move.”

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