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Two key Chester FC players mutually agree to cancel contracts

They played a combined total of 64 times for National League side Chester FC last season but both Ross Hannah and Kingsley James have both agreed to mutually cancel their contracts.

In June 2017, James rejected Macclesfield’s offer of a new deal and instead re-signed with Chester after agreeing to a two-year contract; he was the third Macclesfield player to move to the Deva Stadium that summer. However the “Seals” struggled to pay his wages due to financial difficulties, and on 16 February he was sent on loan to divisional relegation rivals Barrow. He made a good impression at Holker Street, and quickly earned praise from assistant manager Jamie Day. He proved to be a key player for Adrian Pennock’s “Bluebirds”, who managed to avoid relegation at the expensive of parent club Chester. Speaking before the match between Chester and Barrow towards the end of the campaign, James said that “My sole focus is on Barrow, that’s where I’m playing at the minute. Whatever has happened with Chester, it’s not personal, it’s just business”.

Whilst, on 31 May 2017, Hannah re-signed for Chester on a two-year contract, turning down offers from Wrexham and F.C. Halifax Town in the process. He moved on loan to Southport in March 2018.

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