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Former New York Red Bulls trialist, Luke Woodland, signs for Chester FC

It's a short-term deal, but he's found a place to play for the time being.

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Luke Woodland - the Bolton Wanderers academy product and Philippines international who trialed with the New York Red Bulls earlier this year - has found a new club. Last week, he joined Chester FC, currently the 15th-placed team in England's Conference Premier (the fifth tier of English football).

He has joined on "non-contract terms", which basically means Woodland is not tied to Chester on any basis that would prevent him from moving to a new club quickly, should a better offer come along.

The player is not thought to be part of RBNY's plans for the future. After Woodland's trial, Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch suggested the versatile player (he has largely played as a defender for the Philippines recently; at Chester, he is described by his new coach as a playmaker) might be penciled in for a return to the club. Subsequently, however, Marsch stated Woodland would not be coming back to RBNY.

The lack of any contract with Chester indicates Woodland - who won't turn 21 until next July - is very much still in the market for a team. Now he should start to get the regular training and competitive minutes required to convince a club to offer him a more secure deal.