CHESTER FC have signed former Tranmere Rovers starlet Craig Curran on an initial five-week loan from League Two Rochdale.
The 23-year-old completed his move from Spotland this morning and will go straight into the squad for tomorrow’s FA Trophy tie at home to Worksop Town (3pm) should his paperwork – as expected – go through in time.
Curran has spent his entire career playing in the Football League with Tranmere, Carlisle United, Morecambe and – since the start of this season – Rochdale.
He burst on to the scene as a 17-year-old at Tranmere, scoring with his very first touch on his home debut after coming on as substitute.
On his third senior appearance at Prenton Park, the Liverpudlian broke an 83-year-old Rovers record set by the legendary Dixie Dean in 1924 when he became their youngest player ever to score a hat-trick.
Curran, at 5ft 9in, is not the big targetman some Chester fans have been calling for Neil Young to sign.
Instead they are getting a hard-working frontman who Blues boss Young hopes will use his pace to get in behind defences.
Chester, meanwhile, have been drawn at home to Stockport Sports in the Cheshire Senior Cup.
The tie will take place in the week beginning January 14.
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