STRIKER Ross Hannah has left Barrow AFC and rejoined Chester City.

The 31-year-old bagged five National League goals for Barrow last season with most of his 32 appearances coming off the bench.

He did have some great moments in a Bluebirds shirt - including scoring the club's official goal of the season with a brilliant free-kick equaliser in the 2-2 draw at Aldershot.

Hannah joined the club on a two-year-deal last summer with high hopes of making a big impact after he scored 23 times for Chester in the previous campaign. But the ex-Grimsby Town man was unable to command a regular place in the starting line-up, mostly due to the impressive performances up front of Byron Harrison and Richie Bennett.

Harrison bagged 22 goals, despite the fact he missed the majority of the last four months of the campaign through injury, and Bennett notched the same amount in his first season playing at National League level.

AFC swooped for former Wrexham and Falkirk forward Jordan White last week, bringing the number of total strikers in the squad to six. And manager Paul Cox hinted then, that either or both Hannah and Harry Panayiotou may be surplus to requirements at Holker Street.

“There has been talk of one or even two moving on, but at this minute I would only like to lose one, so that Bennett, Byron have support,” Cox said.

“There is talk of Ross Hannah or Harry Panayiotou moving to pastures new. That is to balance the books, but I also don't want us to be top-heavy, like we were last season, in terms of the centre-forwards and always having good players sat in the stands.

“This season, if we are top-heavy in any areas, I would like to get them out on loan, get them playing competitive football very quickly.” Cox expects another of his fringe forwards Dan Cockerline to go out on loan early next season to help him regain his fitness. He arrived at Barrow in October and went out on loan to Stalybridge Celtic in late November.