TEENAGE trialist Cliff Moyo is going the right way about winning a permanent deal with the Blues.
Chester FC fans are calling for Neil Young to snap up the 19-year-old former Barrow right-back after his man-of-the-match display against Southport on Tuesday.
The Blues boss has certainly not ruled out the prospect but he has told supporters to forget about signing a big-money centre-forward.
Young said: “Cliff’s done really well but we don’t want to get carried away because we have to discover if he can do it consistently.
“He’s certainly done himself no harm and it’s clear the crowd have warmed to him. His application is superb and if it was on application alone he’d already be here. He’s definitely given Wes Baynes some competition.”
Another striker remains Young’s number one priority but he does not have the cash left in his budget to move for his top targets.
Young said: “We’ve inquired about them but you’re talking £20,000-£25,000 in transfer fees before you even start talking about wages. We’re not in that ball park. If we’re going to buy a player, you’re talking a couple of grand.
“So we will work with what we’ve got and if we can identify somebody in the loan market, that’s what we’ll do.”
Young currently has three frontmen on his books. Marc Williams has been retained from last season while Nathan Jarman and Adam Proudlock have joined on free transfers.
Jarman capped another hardworking display with the opening goal in Tuesday’s 3-0 friendly home win over an under-strength Southport side.
Young, who wanted to sign Jarman last season but was scared off by the five-figure price tag placed on his head by Alfreton Town, said: “I thought he was outstanding again and I’m just glad he got his goal because I didn’t think it was going to come for us and him.”
The Blues kick-started their pre-season preparations with a 0-0 draw at Buckley Town last Thursday and a 1-0 defeat at AFC Fylde on Sunday.
Young was critical of his team’s attacking performance against Fylde but he cut a far happier figure after the victory over Southport, in which new boy Dave Hankin and captain George Horan also netted.
Chester host Scottish League Cup winners Kilmarnock (3pm) on Saturday and a Liverpool XI next Wednesday (7pm).