Will Forrester and Connor Taylor have been rewarded for their performances and their potential with new contracts at Stoke City.
The 19-year-old defenders have been key figures for Kevin Russell’s under-23s this season and their progress has caught the attention of first team manager Michael O’Neill. They have both signed new 18 month deals.
Forrester, who joined the club as a six year old, has been promoted to the senior group over the last couple of weeks and was on the bench against Barnsley last night.
Taylor had spent time on loan at Chester in National League North and has been on the radar of clubs in League Two and the National League for another loan move.
He had previously been on the books at Port Vale and joined Stoke from Stafford Rangers in 2019.
Chester’s joint-manager Anthony Johnson said earlier this year: “We have talked to him about being aggressive. I think when people hear that word they think it means elbowing people and slide-tackling all over the pace. But being aggressive is about stepping out with the ball, passing with a real purpose and being aggressive with your movements on set pieces.
“He has looked like a 30-year-old centre back who has been playing for 12 years not someone that has just been dropped in for their debut. He looks like a real prospect for Stoke.”