Lucas Dawson and Liam Davies have spoken of their delight at signing new contracts with Chester.

On a busy day of contract activity prior to Chester's 1-1 friendly draw at Hyde, midfielder Dawson penned a one-year deal with the Blues while winger Davies extended his stay for the whole season having initially signed for six months.

The deals came as Evan Horwood was released from his six-month contract by mutual consent, with the left-back signing a deal with Bala Town.

"I'm delighted it's finally been done and now I can concentrate on the season ahead," Dawson said, ahead of tonight's friendly at Bala Town (7.45pm). "I had a bad end to last season but I've worked hard in pre-season to earn myself a new contract."

Davies added: "I'd spoke to Mark (Maguire, CEO) and the gaffer before the season started and it was always in everyone's minds to sort the deal out until the end of the season.

"It's fantastic and I'm ready to work hard for Chester now."