CHESTER CITY last night boosted their promotion-chasing squad by signing former Everton player Mark Quayle on a loan deal until the end of the season.
The 24-year-old striker has been playing for fellow Nationwide Conference outfit Nuneaton Borough this season, after spending the last campaign with Telford United where he was the Shropshire club's leading scorer with 15 goals.
Ironically, it was Quayle who scored one of the goals against City last autumn, when Nuneaton inflicted the first defeat of the campaign on Chester.
Quayle, who still lives in Liverpool, was placed on the transfer list by Nuneaton last month after failing to settle with the midlands outfit.
The deal that brings Quayle to the Deva Stadium sees City striker Steve Brodie moving in the opposite direction, also on a loan arrangement until the end of this season.
A delighted Chester boss Mark Wright said last night: "We needed a new face to freshen things up at the club. We have agreed a fee with Nuneaton and if all works out well we will sign Mark permanently at the end of the season."
The striker has previously played alongside City's leading scorer Daryl Clare. The duo were together for a short period at Grimsby Town a few years ago.
Quayle will go straight into the Chester squad who face in-form Dagenham and Redbridge at Victoria Road tomorrow.
Last night's loan transfer activity may well not be the end of City's excursions into the transfer market.
As exclusively revealed in Tuesday's Daily Pos, City are still pursuing the Morecambe pair of Adriano Rigoglioso and Stewart Drummond.
City chairman Stephen Vaughan said last night: "Mark is possibly just the first bit of business to be completed.
"We want to bolster our squad further and Rigoglioso and Drummond are still very much in our plans.
"We are extremely serious about pushing for a return to the Football League and Mark's signing will bolster the push to achieve our aspirations."