GLENN Rule is leaving the Hollingsworth Group Stadium after four years to join Stockport County in Conference North for an undisclosed fee.
The 25-year-old Birkenhead-born midfielder, who has also been deployed as a full back, was a youth with Chester City and was one of several youngsters who graduated to the first-team squad after 2007.
He made his debut as a substitute against Carlisle United in October 2007 as a 17-year old. RUle's Football League debut arrived with a starting place at Morecambe on 26 December 2007 and he ended the campaign with four league outings to his name.
His first appearance of the following season saw him play at full–back in Chester's 2–1 home defeat by Port Vale on 19 October 2008, going on to enjoy 22 league outings during a campaign which ended in relegation from Football League Two.
Rule joined Colwyn Bay in 2010 before moving to Stalybridge Celtic, signing for Airbus in May 2011.
He has since been one of the club's most consistent performers, scoring 12 goals from 89 (+15) Welsh Premier appearances and started in all four of the club's Europa League ties against Ventspils and Haugensunds.
"The move came completely out of the blue, Glenn had just signed a two-year deal but Stockport came in for him," says director of football Andy Preece.
"We wouldn't stand in the way of any player who wants to better himself and Glenn has been extremely loyal to us, he is the only squad player remaining from when we took over three and a half years ago.
"He has been pivotal to our success but I can understand the attraction of Stockport, I have played for them myself, it's a massive club and we wish him all the best."