Striker Ross Hannah has rejoined Chester from Vanarama National League rivals Barrow, just twelve months after leaving the Blues.

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Hannah was a big success in his previous spell with Chester, as he struck twenty six goals during the 2015/16 campaign.

That form led to interest from a number of National League and Football League clubs, but it was Barrow that secured his services with an offer of a two-year deal.

However, his form with the Cumbrian club didn’t live up to his time at Chester and he made just ten league starts last season.

Following the arrival of former Wrexham striker Jordan White, Barrow boss Paul Cox suggested that Hannah could be heading for the exit.

“There has been talk of one or even two moving on but at this minute I would only like to lose one, so that Bennett, Byron have support,” Cox told the North West Evening Mail.

“There is talk of Ross Hannah or Harry Panayiotou moving to pastures new. That is to balance the books but I also don’t want us to be top-heavy, like we were last season, in terms of the centre-forwards and always having good players sat in the stands”

That move has now been completing and former Grimsby Town striker Hannah will return to Chester ahead of the new campaign, much to the delight of Blues supporters.

Hannah becomes the latest summer signing as Blues boss Jon McCarthy looks to put together a squad that can improve on last season’s nineteenth place finish.

When speaking to the Chester Chronicle about his return Hannah said “It’s amazing to be back and it was the easiest decision I have made when Chester came through with an offer, I love the club,”

“This club means a lot to me and, even though I was only here a season, it was like when I left Grimsby. This feels a little bit like coming home, I suppose. It’s a great feeling”

Earlier this month Chester added Barnsley striker Harry White and Gateshead’s Nyal Bell to his squad and Hannah’s addition quickly follows the arrival of Macclesfield Town defender Andy Halls.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)

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