BREAKING | Lloyd Marsh-Hughes signs new six-month deal

    Striker Lloyd Marsh-Hughes has penned a new six-month deal at Chester FC.

    The Welshman, who turned 21 in April, started on three occasions for the Blues last term.

    A Blues Academy graduate, Lloyd moved to Runcorn Linnets on loan for the remainder of the 2021/22 campaign, and notched eight goals in 24 starts as they reached the Northern Premier Division One (West) Play-Off Final.

    He has made a total of 30 senior appearances for the club since progressing through the youth ranks down CH1.

    Upon re-signing, Lloyd said: “I feel like I massively have something to prove here at Chester.

    “I know I haven’t really hit the expectations people had for me when I signed my first contract, but it has been a difficult couple of years for a number of reasons.

    “The move to daytime training is exciting and this feels like a bit of a new start for me at Chester where I am determined to succeed and prove to a lot of people what I can do.

    “I really benefited from my loan spell last season which to be honest felt like my first real experience of senior football playing week in, week out. I took loads from it, and I am ready to prove myself at Chester this season.”

    Manager Calum McIntyre said: “Lloyd impressed in his loan spell last season and has obvious attributes that make him desirable as a centre forward.

    “This season is very much about him showing the best version of himself despite a challenging few years.

    “He hasn’t really achieved what he may have wanted to at Chester but it has been a difficult few seasons for him.

    “Lloyd has suffered three separate metatarsal breaks that ruled him out of the 2019/20 season. On the back of this, when Covid hit, Lloyd took a voluntary pay cut relating to agreed improved terms in his second year that he opted to not receive.

    “During the 2020/21 season, Lloyd featured as a substitute before a technicality prevented any further contribution. He agreed to head out on loan but the suspension of fixtures at Step Three and below just 24 hours after submitting his paperwork meant he had no football for 28 days as the rules did not allow an early recall. Upon being recalled, the team were in a very good place and his opportunities were understandably limited.

    “He hasn’t played as many senior minutes as people would think and this is very much an opportunity for Lloyd to take with both hands during pre-season and beyond as he looks to demonstrate his value to everyone at the football club.”

    Great to have you staying on board, Lloyd!