CHESTER FC have confirmed the departure of midfielder Adam Dawson after the 26-year-old failed to win a regular place in the Blues' starting line up.

Dawson, who joined in controversial circumstances from AFC Telford in November, made seven appearances for Chester including four starts but had fallen out of favour in recent weeks.

The former Tranmere Rovers and Southport player's move to the Swansway was the subject of a complaint from Shropshire outfit who claimed Chester had spoken to Dawson without receiving an official seven day approach - something which was denied by joint bosses Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morely.

A club statement said: "We’d like to thank Adam for his time and efforts whilst at the Swansway Chester Stadium; and wish him all the best for the future."

The Blues have also announced that midfielder Iwan Murray has had his contract extended until the end of the season. The Academy Graduate signed an initial six-month contract with Chester in the summer, and an extension has now been triggered to take him through until the conclusion of the 2018-19 campaign.

The Denbigh teenager made his debut in the 3-1 win over Kidderminster in September after Scott Burton pulled up in the warm up and went on to be named Man of the Match. He followed that performance with a goal against City of Liverpool four days later in a 4-0 Emirates FA Cup victory going on to make six appearances this term, including five starts.