Leicester sign Chester captain Sam Hughes for undisclosed fee
By Jordan Campbell
Last Updated: 09/06/17 3:18pm
Craig Shakespeare has made Chester defender Sam Hughes his first signing since taking over as Leicester's permanent manager.
The 20-year old has signed a three-year deal, with the former Premier League champions reported to be paying a compensation fee in the region £130,000, plus add-ons.
Hughes scooped the fan-owned club's Player of the Year award last season after he made the switch from midfield
The Blues gave Hughes the responsibility of wearing the armband at just 19, and he has already amassed 64 senior appearances since making his debut.
Chester chief executive Mark Maguire said: "This is a hugely significant day for Chester Football Club and the importance of it shouldn't be missed. The club was reformed in 2010 and subsequently took the decision to establish an academy.
"Just seven years later, due to the hard work of people like Calum McIntyre and his staff, the likes of Brian Burns and Mike Day and the support of people like Ian Swettenham - the academy has produced a player who has thrived under the management of Jon McCarthy and proved good enough to be transferred to the 2015/16 Premier League champions."
Leicester's scouting team view Hughes as a player for the future and he will therefore be joining their development squad.
The Foxes also announced that academy graduates Alex Pascanu and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall will join Hughes after signing their first professional contracts.