Staffordshire non-league club Kidsgrove Athletic are set to sign Chester FC winger John Johnston on a permanent deal, subject to FA clearance.
The 27-year-old made 36 appearances for Chester after arriving from Altrincham in January 2020. However, his two seasons at the club were disrupted due to the pandemic.
He scored three goals during his time at National League North outfit, most recently against Kidderminster Harriers in August.
Now the former Leek Town, Crewe and Salford City attacker returns to the club where he began his senior career.
Chester joint boss Anthony Johnson was full of praise for Johnston when speaking to the official club website.
He said: “JJ’s home commitments have changed meaning that he can’t commit to the time needed to be a Chester player anymore.
“We thank him for all his efforts and wish him the best of luck going forwards.”
Johnston explains Kidsgrove move
Johnston himself looked fondly at his time at the club and looked forward to living more locally.
He said: “Firstly I want the thank everyone at the club. I’m absolutely gutted it hasn’t worked the way we all wanted it to.
“These things happen in football sometimes. And it would have been easy for me to sit there and still pick up a wage but that’s not the person I want to be known as.
“The money will be used for the team and hopefully it gets the club back to where they belong.
“It is nothing personal to Chester, but the travel and also workload in my job has become too much – as well as missing out on quality time with my family which for me will also come first.
“I’m signing more local to me where I know the manager and the chairman and it is an opportunity for me to go and enjoy my football.”
Kidsgrove currently sit ninth in the Northern Premier League West Division after beating Clitheroe 2-1 on Saturday.
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