James is sponsored by Beryl Marshall
Young centre-back James Chester joined the Tigers from Manchester United in January 2011, signing a deal that will keep him at the KC Stadium until 2014.
Arriving on the back of an impressive six-month loan at League One Carlisle United, Chester joined fellow United Academy graduates Paul McShane and Cameron Stewart as manager Nigel Pearson looked to bolster his options at the heart of defence.
Born in Warrington in January 1989, James' football career took off from an early age. After being spotted playing for local side Winwick Athletic, he joined Manchester United at the age of eight.
Quickly rising through the ranks, the defender signed a YTS deal with the Red Devils in 2005. Although aged just 16 at the time, James went straight into the U-18s, making 17 appearances over the course of the 2005/06 campaign.
After making his first appearance for the reserves in February 2007, James cemented his place as a regular during the 2007/08 season. The defender's performances over the course of the season, as well as his obvious leadership qualities, saw him promoted to reserve team captain for the following campaign.
As well as pushing on at reserve-team level, James was also handed a squad number at Old Trafford. Making his senior debut in January 2009 as United took on Derby County in the second leg of the League Cup Semi Final, James was sent on loan to League One Peterborough the following month, making a total of five appearances in a Posh shirt.
In September 2009, James was once again sent on loan, this time to Plymouth Argyle, who he joined on a three-month deal. Unfortunately the defenders time at Home Park was cut short by an injury that saw him return to Old Trafford after only three games in a Pilgrims shirt.
James' first prolonged spell of football came during the first half of the 2010/11 season, as the defender enjoyed a productive period with Carlisle. Making his debut as the Cumbrians enjoyed an opening day victory against Brentford - he went on to make a total of 24 appearances, scoring four goals in the process.
Quickly forming an impressive partnerhip at the back with Anthony Gerrard, James scored his first goal for the Tigers in the 2-2 draw at home to Leeds in February 2011.
2011/12 saw James form a formiddable partnership with Jack Hobbs in the centre of defence and his is now one of City's most prized assets.