RYAN Lowe knows he could be on his way out of Chester City before the January transfer window closes – but he’d be more than happy to stay.
The 30-year-old striker is currently one of the hottest properties in League Two and his name is thought to be on the wanted list of several rival clubs. But Lowe is not actively seeking a move away – and he will only consider leaving the Deva if a bigger club comes calling.
He said: “I’m quite happy. Someone said to me the other day that I’m playing my best football here at Chester and I probably am.
“Long may it continue. I just want to keep on doing well, regardless of all the speculation.”
Lowe – City’s leading scorer this season with 13 goals – admitted that all the talk surrounding his future was becoming a source of frustration
“I wouldn’t say it gets to you, but it’s a bit annoying to be honest,” said the former Crewe forward, who has more than two years left on his Chester contract. “People are saying ‘who’s doing that, who’s doing this?’ but I couldn’t care less to be honest. As the chairman’s speculated before, if a big offer comes in he can’t refuse it.
“He may accept it for the interest of Chester City Football Club. That’s up to the chairman in the boardroom and the manager. I’m quite happy.
“If I can help Chester out and move on to a bigger and better club, it would have to be a bigger and better club. I wouldn’t be going to no-one in League Two who I think Chester can’t compete with.
“It is a bit annoying. I just want to get over it and the quicker February comes in better.”
Money is in short supply at Chester, with the club currently placed under a transfer embargo due to the late payment of certain players’ wages. Any big-money bid for Lowe would almost certainly be accepted as it would ease City’s financial situation and lead to the embargo being lifted, allowing boss Mark Wright to bring in new players.
Wright vowed to give his squad a tough week on the training field after watching the Blues lose 3-1 at home to Chesterfield on Saturday. The City manager felt his defenders ignored his instructions late in the game, dropping deep into their own half and inviting pressure.
The Spireites capitalised by scoring twice in the final 15 minutes and Wright locked his players in the dressing room for almost an hour after the final whistle to carry out a post-mortem into the defeat.
“It’s a learning curve for them,” he said. “We are going to talk about it an we are going to make them watch the video because it’s very, very important they understand what we’re saying.”
Wright also complained that his players were too quiet, adding: “They have to me men. They have to be leaders, but they’re very, very quiet. So that’s a major concern to me when you see how quiet they are. I’m not used to quiet teams.”
Tony Dinning has returned to the Blues following a week-long trial with Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who sacked manager Craig Brewster and assistant Malky Thomson – the former Chester number two – today.