IT is likely to be a week of comings and goings at the Deva Stadium, with three players being shipped out to pave the way for new arrivals.
Blues boss Simon Davies will continue to run the rule over trialists Trevor Benjamin and Damien Mozika in training and both will play in tomorrow’s friendly with Carlisle United at the Deva (7.45pm).
Should City wish to sign the pair, they will need to trim their squad to stay within the boundaries of the Football League’s salary cap – so Davies is willing to let a trio of players leave.
Striker Chris Holroyd and midfielder Paul Rutherford have been handed a week-long trial with Bournemouth, while midfielder Mark Hughes continues to be linked with Barnet.
Davies said: “We’ve got two or three players who might be moving the other way. It’s a week of ins and outs really, so certain people’s fate will depend on who goes through the other side of the door.”
Holroyd and Rutherford, both 21, are training with Bournemouth at the request of former Blues director and lifelong Chester fan Paul Baker, who was involved in a takeover of the Cherries last week.
Davies said: “There’s a possibility of Holroyd still going to Bournemouth, but other clubs have come in as well. It looks like he knows where the future’s lying and it’s probably not going to be at Chester.
“Paul’s just looking to play football. He’s got a great attitude, he’s a really nice lad. We’ll see how it goes at Bournemouth. “Hopefully he has a good week.”
Davies was relieved to finally be given international clearance for Mozika this morning. A series of hold-ups involving the 21-year-old midfielder’s former club AS Nancy prevented him from playing in the friendly matches against Southport last Tuesday and at Vauxhall Motors on Saturday.
The well-travelled Benjamin, 29, played in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Rivacre Park and will sit down to discuss his future with Davies later this week.
Former Stoke City keeper Chris Sanna is also still on trial with the Blues.