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Wayne Allison comes out of retirement for Chester City

CHESTER City have lured assistant boss Wayne Allison out of retirement and signed him on playing forms.

CHESTER City have lured assistant boss Wayne Allison out of retirement and signed him on playing forms.

The former Huddersfield and Tranmere Rovers striker, who turns 40 tomorrow, is short of match fitness but stands an outside chance of being named in the squad for this Sunday’s home game against Port Vale.

Although ‘The Chief’ will be used only sparingly by boss Simon Davies due to his age, his signing has spiced up City’s striking options.

Davies said: “The Chief will be available for the weekend but we probably won’t use him. He needs to work on fitness, but that won’t take long because of his style of play. He’s an old-fashioned striker.”

Chester will be the ninth professional club Allison has played for in a nomadic career spanning more than 20 years. His last Football League appearance was for Chesterfield in a 2-0 defeat at Hereford in February.

Davies this morning revealed he was “quietly confident” of adding another striker – free agent Eddie Johnson – to his squad in time for the weekend.

Chester-born Johnson, 24, has been training with his hometown club since August and Davies has been waiting to get the green light to sign him since then.

The former Manchester United trainee has been without a club since being released by Bradford City at the end of last season.

Right-back James Vaughan will miss Sunday’s Port Vale game because he must serve a one-match ban for picking up five bookings this season. Glenn Rule is his likely replacement.

 

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