CHESTER CITY were again busy in the transfer market last night, with one player signing in, another moving out and two others poised to join the Deva Stadium payroll.
Firstly City boss Mark Wright finalised the deal that brought the former Oxford United goalkeeper Ian McCaldon to the club, then striker Dave Cameron agreed to move to fellow Nationwide Conference outfit Halifax Town on a three-month loan arrangement.
But the club are also hopeful that the Doncaster Rovers pair of Mark Albrighton and Robert Gill will complete transfers to the Deva Stadium in the next 24 hours.
Both played a major part in the Yorkshiremen's run to the Conference play-offs last season which resulted in the club regaining its place in the Football League following a victory in the final against Dagenham & Redbridge.
Wright was enthusiastic about his frenetic day's work: "Ian will give us competition on the goal-keeping department while Mark and Robert will give us extra quality in key positions."
Albrighton is a central defender who had experience with Telford United prior to joining the Belle Vue outfit, while Gill is a striker who progressed through Doncaster's youth ranks, he scored eight goals in 30 Conference outings last season.
If the transfers can be completed before City's opening Conference game at Stevenage Borough on Saturday, both players will probably go straight into City starting line-up because of the mini injury crisis they are currently experiencing.
It is understood that Chester's central defender Wayne Hatswell would go in the opposite direction as part of the deal.
And City chairman Stephan Vaughan said last night: "I have spoken to John Ryan my opposite number at Doncaster and we appear to be close to an agreement. 'Ways' has submitted a transfer request to us, and the discussions I have held with John Ryan appear to be agreeable to all parties. Hopefully the respective deals can be completed by the weekend."
Chester will definitely be without four regulars at Stevenage on Saturday with defenders Phil Bolland and Scott Guyett ruled out, as well as leading scorer Darryl Clare, who is suffering from a knee injury. Midfielder John Brady will also miss out - he is suspensed following his dismissal in the final league game of last season at Yeovil Town.