NEIL Young has identified the three areas in which he feels Chester FC need to strengthen.
The Blues boss understands calls from supporters for a ‘big-name’ striker.
He also wants a ball-playing centre-midfielder and cover at left-back.
But Young may have to use the loan market to get his men.
He said: “I know what I need but I can’t just go out and get any player as we have a budget and we need to stick to it – and I’m sure the supporters will understand that.
“I know everyone is crying out for a big-name centre-forward but the money that’s being commanded by the centre-forwards that we need is a lot and we’re not going to put the club in jeopardy by overspending.
“I’d also like to bring in another left-sided player and another midfielder who can play. Antoni Sarcevic and Levi Mackin can do it but it’s about strength in depth and you’ve got to remember Antoni is still only 20 years of age and Levi is coming back from a serious injury and not a lot of football before that.
“So they are the areas we want to strengthen and I’ll see what the club can do financially.
“We may use the loan market and there are players who we have identified who we could possibly get in on loan but at the minute their clubs are still getting their squads in place.”
Young ran the rule over four trialists – right-backs Cliff Moyo and Tom Smith, left-back Danny Ting and former Everton striker Stephen Connor – in last night's pre-season opener at Buckley Town.
Of the quartet it was Ting, who was released by Crewe Alexandra earlier this summer, that most caught Young’s eye.
But he will give all four further chance to impress before making any final decision on their futures.
Young declared himself satisfied with the 0-0 draw against Buckley.
He said: “We kept the ball quite well for a lot of the time but there were times in the first half when we gave it away too cheaply, under-hitting passes on the long grass.
“Buckley worked hard and we could have got the ball to the front lads a little quicker but I thought we were better second half in our overall play.
“It wasn’t spectacular but it was exactly the type of performance I would have expected at this stage of pre-season.”
Chester continue their preparations for the 2012-13 Blue Square Bet North season with a friendly away to AFC Fylde on Sunday (2pm)