We’re delighted to announce that former Premier League defender James Chester has a contract extension at the SO Legal Stadium until the end of the season.
The former Manchester United center-back originally joined the Bluebirds on the final day of the summer transfer window, having trained with Pete Wild’s side for the vast majority of pre-season.
Since then, the 34-year-old has gone on to make 19 appearances for the Bluebirds which has seen him form a rock-solid partnership at the back with Niall Canavan and George Ray amongst other players.
The former Hull City star has now put pen to paper on a new deal with the Bluebirds which will see him remain with Wild's side until the 30th of June 2024.
Speaking about his time at Holker Street so far, Chester said: “It’s been great, I think the lads and the staff first and foremost having spent time with them every day has been really enjoyable, and it’s been time well spent.
“Certainly, from my point of view signing was something that was going to be inevitable once the club spoke to me about extending, it probably just took longer than it has done as having a four-year-old and a three-year-old at home once I get through the door hasn’t left me with much time for anything else, especially around Christmas time.
“But for myself, it was something I wanted to do, and I think for my family too, they’ve been enjoying coming and watching me play again, and with my children being the age of which they are, they are starting to remember and understand what’s going on so it’s nice all round.”
This season Barrow has conceded the fewest goals in League Two and Chester was full of praise for the players around him in the Bluebirds’ backline, he added: “It's been going quite well so far, Naz [Niall Canavan] and George [Ray] have had really good careers themselves and they’ve both got a lot of experience and along with myself and Farms [Paul Farman] it governors itself almost and I’ve enjoyed playing alongside them, they make the game a lot easier for me.”
The former Aston Villa Play-Off Champion finished by saying: “I think that when your career’s finished it’s one of the things that you’ll miss the most, the playing in front of crowds is amazing, but spending time with the people who become your friends every day and the things that you do away from football is that stuff that you’ll also remember.
“Here there’s always something going on to look forward to, whether that is the game on Saturday or the cards on the bus on Friday, or some darts in the morning before training, it’s a really good feel around the place at the moment.”