Date: 24th February 2006 at 6:45am
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Boston United centre-half Paul Ellender will today join fellow Chester City on loan until the end of the season.

The Pilgrims have a 24-hour recall clause inserted in the deal and this would apply after the first 28 days of the loan period, should United boss Steve Evans decide to recall the long-serving player.

Evans reluctantly agreed to let Ellender, 31, join Chester, but did confirm to the official Pilgrims’ website that a huge factor in him sanctioning the move was the player’s persistent requests and desire to play first team football at this stage of his career.

Ellender, who is the Pilgrims’ record signing, will join Mark Wright’s squad in time for the weekend action when they face Grimsby Town at Blundell Park.

Evans added: ?Paul Ellender and myself have a special relationship, which goes back a long way. I can only describe ?Elly’ as a true professional and he indeed proved himself a true friend to me especially in my time away from football.

?The lad has been asking to go out on loan for a number of weeks and I owed it to him, given his service to both Boston United and myself, to let his request be granted.

?Stephen Vaughan, the Chester City chairman, spoke to me at length and after a follow-up call from Mark Wright, I allowed Paul Ellender to make his own decision and that is now evident what he decided.

?We have good and experienced cover in this defensive area despite our small squad and that was also a key factor in my decision. It is only really in the attacking areas, both from a midfield point of view and a striking angle, that we need some further options.

?Stephen Vaughan has also agreed within the deal that Paul Ellender will NOT be eligible to play when the clubs play this season’s re-arranged fixture at York Street.?

Ellender joined the Pilgrims in the summer of 2001 from Scarborough and has since made 180 appearances for the club, scoring 11 times.