NORTHWICH Vics manager Dino Maamria brought his signings up to 10 in three weeks and declared he can’t wait for the turmoil to end.
His latest signings are defenders Cortez Belle from Halifax Town and Danny Meadowcroft, from Ossett Town, midfielder Matthew Crowell (Wrexham) and winger Jamie Mullan (Rochdale).
Of those, Belle seems most likely to make his home debut against his former club on Saturday.
Out goes the versatile Richard Battersby, signed by Steve Burr from Radcliffe Borough to become part of Northwich’s 2006 Conference North title-winning team. Another six are expected to follow.
Battersby joined Altrincham and made his debut for Northwich’s relegation rivals at the weekend.
Maamria said: “Richard has got a new job and could not meet our training schedule, while we could not afford a full-time contract for him.
“Cortez is a good signing and we will give him every chance to play his best football. He is capable of playing higher than the Blue Square Premier.”
Belle, 24, has also played for Merthyr Tydfil and Chester City, while Meadowcroft went from Mossley to Morecambe before dropping back into non- league.
Wales Under 21 international Crowell has made 93 appearances for Division Two Wrexham. Mullan is a former Manchester United youngster.
They all follow Michael Roddy, Aaron Burns, Keith Barker, Cayne Hanley, Joel Byrom and Mike Bowler into the Victoria Stadium – and Lucas Akins has extended his loan deal from Huddersfield Town for a third month – so now it is a question of who else leaves.
There are no offers yet for transfer listed midfielder Mike Carr nor any moves to find other clubs by Chris Williams, Paul Tait and Kevin Townson, who continue to be paid in full during their absence.
It is dead money and swells the already over-budget wage bill, which Maamria is expected to trim with further departures. Mike Byrne, another hero from two years ago, is another likely to leave.
The Vics boss said: “There have been so many comings and goings and I will be glad when it comes to an end. I just want to focus on games and getting the points we need.
“I am delighted with all my signings and I hope the fans come along to see just how high quality they are.”
Midfielder John Byrom and striker Lee Steele miss Halifax’s visit through hamstring injuries, but Maamria was awaiting any further causalities after last night’s Setanta Shield tie at Barrow before deciding his line-up.