CHORLEY FC boss Jamie Vermiglio has been busy in the market trying to bolster his side's option ahead of the National League opener against Bromley.

One familiar face returning to Victory Park is full-back Mark Ross after spending the whole of pre-season training with Jamie Vermiglio’s squad.

The 30-year-old had a successful spell with Chorley before leaving for Stockport County in 2016 before playing the last two years at Bradford (Park Avenue).

Ross said: "I’m over the moon to be back.

"Pre-season has been great and we’ve competed well against some very good sides so far, which I think shows we more than capable of competing in the National League.

"I want to help the club keep moving forward in any way I can and being able to wear a Chorley shirt again means an awful lot to me.

"I must thank the gaffer and coaching staff, who’ve been brilliant so far, and all the players for making me welcome. I know firsthand that Chorley is built on the closeness of the playing squad and it’s great to see that hasn’t changed."

Jamie Vermiglio said: "We’re really happy to welcome Rossy back to Victory Park after spending all of pre-season with us.

"He has a lot of experience, he’s fit, strong, versatile and consistently plays 40 plus games a season. He’ll also add competition for places along the backline, along with a great attitude and he knows what the club is all about."

Also joining is Fleetwood Town central defender Lewis Baines who had a spell with Chorley on loan last season.

Vermiglio said: "We’re delighted to get Lewis on board.

"He’s young and has loads of potential. He’s an excellent left-footed defender and gives us good competition for places. He is a player who is only going to get better with game time."

Baines said: "It’s a big challenge for me, but I like the style of play, the coaching staff and teammates and I’m hoping to do well and can’t wait to see what this season holds."