Andy Firth will consider his options at parent club Liverpool but would love to make a return to Chester next season.

The 21-year-old was thrown into the Blues first-team in early March after regular number one Sam Hornby was recalled by Port Vale, and the on-loan Liverpool keeper made an instant impact at the Deva, making 11 appearances and securing two man-of-the-match awards. Impressing with his shot-stopping and calmness in possession, Firth also doubled up as goalkeeping coach for Marcus Bignot after Dave Felgate was forced to leave the club due to Chester’s financial off-field woes.

Firth is now weighing up his options, having been offered a one-year contract extension with the Premier League club, but a taste of regular football has left him craving more.

“I’ve been offered a new deal at Liverpool, but I’ve not decided what I’m doing next,” he said. “I could sign but I have explained to them I want to be playing every week now.

“I spoke to our goalkeeping coach John Achterberg (ex-Tranmere keeper) and he said he understood how I felt and that’d I’d got the bug for first-team football. Last Saturday was rubbish as it was the first Saturday without a game for a couple of months!

“The offer is on the table, but the ball is in my court and I may look elsewhere to try and secure a first-team spot somewhere. But there is an option to sign with Liverpool and go out on-loan too.”

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