Steve Burr says that he could shake up his Chester FC squad in January in a bid to boost their chances of a top-half finish in the National League.

The Blues boss admitted to being disappointed by some of the loan signings who have been at the club this season and says that new players could arrive at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium next month, with others possibly being shown the exit door.

This season has seen a number of loanees come and go for the Blues, with Josh O'Hanlon, Jamie McDonagh, Calum Dyson, James Roberts and the current trio of Alex Whitmore, Ryan Lloyd and Danny Hattersley all joining on temporary deals.

And with Chester currently on poor run of form in the league that has seen them slip to 15 in the National League, 12 points off the play-off places and eight points above the relegation zone, Burr is ready to bring in new blood in the New Year in a bid to keep his side on course for their aim of a top-half finish.

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“We've found it difficult to break into the top half of the division but that something that we are really trying to do this season,” said the Blues boss, whose side have been handed a home draw against Hungerford Town in the FA Trophy.

Everton striker Calum Dyson had a recent spell on loan at Chester
Everton striker Calum Dyson had a recent spell on loan at Chester

“But that may mean that come January we may look at shifting one or two round and bringing one or two new faces in.

“So far the loans we have brought in have not really hit the heights that I expected, but sometimes that happens. But I'm always looking forward to the next game, especially after a win.”

With a home game against Torquay United kicking off a busy Christmas

period for the Chester, Burr is keen to see his side provide some festive cheer and put together a run of good form.

He said: “As a player I loved the Christmas period and as a manager I love the Christmas period. Last year it wasn't great but whether it's Christmas time, Easter time, fireworks night or whatever, if you're not winning matches you don't enjoy it.

We've had a tough run of games but I think if we can eradicate some of the mistakes that we have made and score when we get opportunities to score then I'm quietly confident that the lads we have got are good enough to compete at this level.”