MICK Wadsworth’s recruitment drive has continued apace.
Seven days after he swooped for released Shrewsbury Town defender Neil Ashton, the new Blues boss has agreed deals with four other players this week.
Defender Tim Ryan, 34, arrives from Darlington along with 31-year-old striker Gregg Blundell, for whom it is a second stint at City.
Former Barnsley trainee defender Rhys Meynell, 20, and 22-year-old released York City midfielder Ben Wilkinson, son of ex-Leeds United manager Howard, have also joined the Chester ranks.
“I’m very pleased with the players we’ve brought in,” said Wadsworth, who hopes to complete the capture of Uruguayan midfielder Fabian Yantorno today.
“Tim’s a great character. He was at Doncaster Rovers along with Gregg when they had their rise through the divisions. Both of them know what it takes, both have good leadership qualities and both are outgoing personalties. It’s going to be a younger group so we need players like that.
“We also need players to be versatile and in Neil, Tim and Rhys, we certainly have that.”
Blundell, who scored 15 goals in 52 starts in his first spell with the Blues, is still at least two weeks away from fully recovering from a serious knee injury.
“He’s been to Lilleshall and the people there are very pleased with his progress,” said Wadsworth. “There’s been no reaction or swelling, but with injuries like his, it’s better to be safe and that’s why we’ll wait for him.”
City fans will get their first sighting of Wadsworth’s new-look side at Marine a week on Saturday.
Wadsworth, however, is trying to pencil in another pre-season friendly that will precede the trip to the Merseysiders.
Paul Linwood, who had his Chester contract terminated after the club’s relegation out of the Football League, has signed for League Two’s Grimsby Town.
Youngsters Simon Williams and Shaun Dowling have joined The New Saints and Rhyl of the Welsh Premier League respectively.
The Blues have been drawn away to Nantwich Town in the preliminary round of the FA Youth Cup and away to Stockport County in the first round of the Football League Youth Alliance Cup.