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Bignot streamlining Chester squad as outgoings expected

Marcus Bignot hasn't ruled out the possibility of adding more new faces to his Chester FC squad but has switched his attention to trimming the group he has.

The Blues boss has brought in four new faces since arriving, loaning Offrande Zanzala and Reece Hall-Johnson from Derby County and Grimsby Town respectively and adding left-back Jordan Gough from AFC Telford United and striker Jordan Archer from Stourbridge on permanent deals.

The quartet have already made a difference to Bignot's side and have fallen within his original remit of 'beg, steal and borrow' when it came to adding new faces.

But while the Chester journey has just started for some, it could be coming to an end in the not too distant future for others.

Teenage academy graduates Matty Waters and Tom Crawford have gone out on loan in order to get some much-needed playing time, with Waters heading to Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side Sutton Coldfield Town and Crawford to North West Counties outfit Runcorn Town.

Waters and Crawford's loans have been arranged in order to aid their Blues development, but there could be permanent departures in the offing for others.

"It's important that I spoke with the players at the earliest opportunity and there are some who will be surplus to requirements and those conversations have taken place," said Bignot.

"We're in the process now of speaking to agents and interested clubs to see what we can do for them as it is in the best interests of every footballer to be out there playing.

"As for bringing in new players, my remit was very much to beg, steal and borrow and work with the group that I inherited."

Read more at: http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk

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