NEIL Young is looking to add more firepower to Chester FC’s exciting arsenal of attacking talent.
The Blues have been in free-scoring form during an encouraging pre-season campaign, but Young is eager to inject even more goals into his squad.
He was expected to give former Tranmere Rovers forward Josh Macauley a run-out in last night’s friendly against FC United of Manchester and is also is tracking a striker at a Conference club.
The player in question, who Young refuses to name, is due to play a trial game for a Football League side next Wednesday – but there is still a chance he will end up at the Deva Stadium.
Chester boss Young said: “I’m informed that if the transfer doesn’t happen with the League club, then he will be made available to ourselves.
“It may be a permanent deal or it may be a loan with a view to a permanent deal. If he doesn’t make it at the Football League club, then he will be a Chester player before the first game of the season.”
Young is also eager to tie up a deal for Macauley, a 19-year-old striker who the Chester manager worked with last season while he was on loan at Colwyn Bay from Tranmere. The livewire forward, who also spent time on loan with Vauxhall Motors last term, has been made an offer by the Blues.
Young is clearly looking to pep up his striking options and provide more competition for his two senior strikers, Michael Wilde and Rob Hopley.
Hopley netted in Monday’s 2-0 win at Ashville but Young felt far too many chances were missed.
“We need to be more clinical,” said the Chester manager. “We’ve got to make sure that when the chances come along, we’ve got to take them.”
Young, who has used almost 30 players during pre-season, is acutely aware of the need to trim his squad before the Evo-Stik League campaign gets under way on August 24.
He wants the process to be as amicable as possible.
“I won’t be saying to players ‘you’ve got to go’. I’ll just be telling them their position in the squad,” said Young.
“Playing football brings money into the household. If they’ve got families and they’re here but I can’t find a place for them in my squad, then financially they may have to move on for their families. We can’t pay everybody.”
The Blues welcome Nantwich Town this Saturday for their final pre-season game (3pm).
Chester’s friendly with fellow fan-owned club FC United was played after The Chronicle had gone to press. You can read a report of the game on www.chesterchronicle.co.uk. More Blues news – page 84.