OFFICIALS from Chester City will meet members of the Football League management next week to discuss the current problems they are experiencing with the newly installed salary cap system.
City are one of a number of League clubs who are either close to or exceeding the salary threshold of 60% of turnover, and they hope the meeting will assist them in finding a solution to their present situation.
Club chairman Stephen Vaughan said last night: "The Football League have been extremely helpful but the harsh reality is that our wage bill is currently 59.6% of turnover, and as such we can't sign any more players until existing players in the squad move out.
"We have 27 professionals on our books currently, and we would like to sign two more prior to the transfer deadline, but in order to conform to legislation, I am afraid it has to be one in one out."
One of the two players that Vaughan hopes to bring in to the club is a goalkeeper that has been identified by manager Mark Wright, however the capping restrictions preclude them from doing so.
Vaughan continued: "The situation means that we may have to extend Ricky Ravenhill's loan period from Doncaster Rovers, rather than signing him on a permanent basis as we intend to do.
"The salary cap system is a good financial safety mechanism for clubs, but it does create operational problems, like the ones we are experiencing at the moment.
"However, I am hopeful that we can find a way forward."
Meanwhile, City are next in action on Sunday when they face Wrexham in their eagerly awaited cross border derby clash.
Chester's influential striker, Drew Broughton, who suffered a nasty head wound at Hereford last weekend, has trained during the last couple of days, and is expected to be included in the City squad.