VETERAN defender Simon Grand has signed a new one-year deal at the Swansway Chester Stadium as Chester FC continue to build their squad for next season.

The 35-year-old centre back joined the Blues from AFC Fylde in July 2018 and was a regular in Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley’s starting 11 ending the season with 41 appearances in all competitions, and scoring four goals.

The Chorley-born defender notably played in the Football League for Rochdale, Carlisle United, Grimsby Town, Morecambe and Aldershot Town. He has also previously played for Northwich Victoria, Fleetwood Town, Southport, Mansfield Town, A.F.C. Telford United and Barrow.

Grand struck up an effective partnership with Danny Livesey in the centre of defence throughout the season as well as filling in as left-back for a number of games.

A threat in the air from set pieces, he headed home Chester’s winner at Darlington as well as striking against Curzon, AFC Telford and Altrincham during the season.

Grand joins Matty Waters, Brad Jackson, Gary Stopforth, Iwan Murray, Matty Thomson, Theo Roberts and George Waring in extending their stays at the Swansay Chester Stadium, with Gary Roberts expected to also re-sign should he complete a summer fitness programme put in place by the management team.