ADAM BOTT has signed his first senior deal at Chester.

The 18-year-old was skipper of the Blues’ youth team last season and he spent the second half of the campaign on dual registration with Pilkington, scoring on two occasions.

Bott is from Knowsley and made his senior debut as a 17-year-old last August in Chester’s 3-0 National League North victory over King’s Lynn Town as a late substitute.

This arrived after the midfielder had scored in a 2-0 pre-season victory over Hanley Town.

First team coach and Academy manager Mike Allcock told the club’s website: “Adam has been excellent since arriving at Chester FC from Rochdale AFC.

“He joined us as a first year scholar and was a regular in our National League U19 Academy games programme as a first year, as well as in the FA Youth Cup.

“Adam was given the responsibility in his second year to be Academy captain and has matured immensely over the past 12 months.

“His spell at Pilkington FC helped him to mature further and exposed him to a senior environment for eight to 12 games.

“Adam has developed into an excellent professional, improving technically and tactically in the process. We are looking forward to helping Adam with his football journey and continue to be committed to develop him further.

“We believe it is important now to expose Adam to more senior football further down the pyramid whilst monitoring him closely within our training environment.

“As Academy manager, it is another great achievement for us producing another player that understands the club’s culture and ethos.”

Chester lost out 3-2 to League One Stockport County in their first pre-season friendly.

Stockport, last season’s League Two champions, were 3-0 up at the interval at the Deva Stadium.

Che Gardner, Kyle Wootton and Lewis Bate were on the scoresheet.

The Blues managed to hit back after the break.

On 57 minutes, George Glendon flicked the ball on and Charlie Caton (pictured above) fired home beyond Max Metcalfe.

Then, nine minutes from time, Jordan Hunter and Caton were involved in the build-up, with Matty Williams volleying in Chester’s second.

On Thursday, Chester host Championship side Stoke City.