The Tigers have completed the permanent signing of defender James Chester from Manchester United.

21-year-old Chester joins for an undisclosed fee and has signed a contract until 2014.

The centre back has spent the first half of this season on loan with League One side Carlisle United and he soon became a fans' favourite at Brunton Park. He scored four times in 24 appearances and the experience gained during that time added to that gained during loan spells with Peterborough United and Plymouth Argyle in the last couple of seasons.

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Those loan spells came after he graduated through the youth ranks at Manchester United to make his senior debut in a League Cup tie against Derby County in January 2009 when he came on as a replacement for Gary Neville.

Chester will be unavailable for the Tigers' FA Cup tie against Wigan this weekend having already played in the competition for Carlisle earlier this season.

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