Former Carlisle United loan star James Chester joins Derby County

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Former Carlisle United star James Chester is the latest player to join new Derby County.

The defender followed a glut of players by signing for the League One club after a recent takeover.

Chester, favorite on loan at Brunton Park in 2010, has signed a one-year contract at Pride Park.

This follows his departure from Stoke City.

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Derby hope the 33-year-old’s experience will help them rebuild to third after last season’s relegation.

There is new hope in Derby after the takeover by Clowes Developments, with Liam Rosenior taking over as caretaker manager following the departure of former boss Wayne Rooney.

Chester, speaking on the Derby website, said of the move: “It took about a week to get here but when Liam called me it was something I was immediately interested in.

“The club being in Ligue 1 was not a thought that crossed my mind. I still believe I can play higher, but the appeal of Liam and the facilities and having the chance to play in such a beautiful stadium far exceeded everything else.”

Chester was on loan to Carlisle from Manchester United in the 2010/11 season.

He made 24 appearances and scored four goals in a very impressive spell.

He was then recalled by Man Utd and sold to Hull City midway through the season, and the Wales international has since played for West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa and Stoke.

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