Chester FC: Harry White signs from Solihull Moors on hectic day of activity


Charlie Croasdale

HARRY WHITE has become Chester’s first major summer signing on a hectic day of activity at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium. 

The 22-year-old will make the switch from fellow National League side Solihull Moors, with any transfer fee waived by the Midlands’ outfit, despite having one year left on his contract.

Centre-forward White, who finished last season as Moors’ top scorer with 12 goals, has been allowed to leave Damson Park by boss Liam McDonald, and becomes Jon McCarthy’s first signing in what is expected to be a busy summer of transfer activity.

There was more positive news as Ryan Astles and James Akintunde penned new one-year deals with the Blues for 2017/18, two of several members of the first-team who McCarthy has offered fresh terms to.

Craig Mahon then became another of McCarthy's squad to seal a fresh deal, penning a two-year contract with the Blues.

“I’m buzzing for it, it’s a club I’ve always wanted to play for,” said new signing White.

"I’ve played here a few times and it’s a great club to be at, I can’t wait to get going for next year even though this season has just finished.

“I was ready to move on and this is a big club. I spoke to Jon, we get on well and I’m ready to get going in a Chester shirt.”

On an extremely busy day at Bumpers Lane, Chester also handed professional contracts to youth team trio Nathan Brown, Tom Crawford and James Jones.

And in addition, Tom Shaw has agreed a new contract with the Blues which will make him assistant player/manager to McCarthy for the upcoming campaign.

Shaw replaces Chris Iwelumo as the club's assistant manager, although the former Scotland international may yet sign a new deal to remain as a striker coach on a part-time basis. 

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