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A Hand-y New Signing

Posted on: Fri 17 Aug 2007

We are pleased to announce the signing of Chester City midfielder Jamie Hand on a two-year contract.

Hand (23) joins the Imps after making 43 League appearances for Chester, who he joined in May 2006 following five years with Watford.

The Uxbridge-born midfielder started his career as a trainee with Watford and made his first team debut at the age of 18 as a substitute in an FA Cup tie against Arsenal.

He went on to establish himself as a first team regular for the Hornets, being named as their "Young Player of the Season" in 2002/03, before finding himself loaned out to a number of sides, namely Oxford United, Livingston, Peterborough United (twice), Huddersfield Town and Northampton Town, working under John Deehan at the latter.

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The former England Youth International then joined Chester at the end of the 2005/06 season and, except for a couple of spells out through suspension, was a virtual ever-present during his time with the Deva Stadium outfit.

The paperwork involved in the deal is expected to be completed in time for Hand to take his place in City's squad for Saturday's trip to Mansfield Town. He will be handed the number 26 squad shirt.

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