Loan star Nathan Turner is staying at Chester FC until the end of the season – and rivals now face double the threat as he is about to be joined by his identical twin brother Lewis.
The talented 20-year-olds are on the books of Leeds United. And so impressed are the Championship giants with the way Nathan has developed in his two months at the Exacta Stadium, they have agreed to extend his loan – and throw in Lewis too.
Chester boss Neil Young said: “I’ve got an agreement in principle to keep Nathan for the rest of the season and to bring Lewis to the football club for the same period of time.
“Like Nathan, Lewis can play as a full-back on either side or as a midfielder. And, like Nathan, he comes with a glowing reference – which you’d expect as they’re identical twins!
“Nathan has been a great acquisition for the club and in the four games he’s started for us he’s probably been our best player in two or three of them.
“At this stage of the season – and when money is tight – to bring in players of their ability until the end of the season is a massive lift for me personally and a massive lift for the team.”
Leeds will continue to pay 100% of the brothers’ salaries. That represents the perfect deal for Young as any wages for new signings will have to be subsidised by players leaving the club.
One player he did express an interest in was Jason Jarrett following the veteran midfielder’s shock release from FC Halifax Town.
Young spoke to the former Wigan Athletic and Norwich City midfielder twice last week. The talks, however, proved unsuccessful.
“I made Jason an offer that we could afford but what was well below what he had been earning elsewhere,” said Young, whose table-topping side will have gone a full year without losing at home – a run of 25 matches – if they avoid defeat against Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday (3pm).
“Also we could only commit until the end of the season, when he was looking for something a bit longer.
“But it’s not a problem as I’ve got a squad of players who have won 23 and lost just one of 26 league games.”
Young expects Ashley Williams and Danny Williams will return from injury for Saturday’s visit of Stalybridge.
Blues officials are hopeful the match will go ahead. The club’s pitch covers were laid down on Tuesday morning following the announcement that the Cheshire Senior Cup clash at home to Stockport Sports later that night had been postponed.
The second-round tie, which has been rearranged for this Wednesday (7.45pm), was called off as it was feared the plummeting temperatures would have made the previously unprotected playing surface dangerous.
Chester’s league trip to Halifax has been rearranged for Tuesday, March 26 (7.45pm). The game was supposed to take place on Saturday week but it has been postponed after the Shaymen progressed to the FA Trophy quarter-finals.