DEDICATED Chester-le-Street Town Juniors midfielder Daniel Newby has signed a two year contract with Second Division Stockport County.

Newby has had an excellent start to the season and played a key role in the club's successful FA Youth Cup campaign that ended with a narrow 2-1 defeat against Hartlepool United.

His performances were enough to convince the Edgely Park coaching staff to offer the Bowurn 17-year-old a two-year youth team contract which could lead to a more permanent deal should he impress further.

Chester manager, Andrew Muxworthy, believes Newby's shot at professional football was long overdue and says his move sets an example to his former teammates.

He believes the club has other players than could make the grade by applying themselves correctly.

He said: "Daniel Newby should have been picked up before now.

"His attitude and approach since joining us in July has been first class and is exactly what is required to secure a contract.

"We all wish him well, will keep in touch, and will expect him to be successful because he works at it."

Newby is one of several Chester-le-Street players who have been away for professional trials recently.

One of the club's other youngsters, Daniel Graham, has been offered a two-year youth contract after impressing coaching staff when scoring in their narrow 2-1 Under-19s defeat at Blackburn Rovers last weekend