Date: 27th January 2009 at 8:12pm
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As predicted by many a Chester City supporter, the Blues have today finally announced that they will not be signing any new players during the January transfer window.

The Blues have been hit hard by the credit crunch. Disappointing results have led to dismal attendances at the Deva Stadium, meaning manager Mark Wright will have no money to spend this month.

Speaking to the local press, Chester City owner Stephen Vaughan confirmed the news, saying: “We have reviewed our playing resources and agreed that we will persevere with our current squad until the end of the season.

“The only exception may be Eddie Johnson, who is having talks, with our blessing, with Austin Aztecs. I can categorically reassure all our supporters that Kevin Ellison and Ryan Lowe will be staying with us, despite interest and financial offers from other clubs recently.”

Vaughan added: “Eighty per cent of the squad are out of contract in the summer, so it is up to them to impress Mark Wright and try and win extended deals.

“Hopefully this interview will create stability, not only for the players but also our supporters, everybody knows exactly where we stand and now is the time for everybody to pull together for the common goal of stabilising Chester City Football Club.”

City`s attendances have dropped alarmingly this season, to between 1,600 and 1,800 per game.

Chester will be aiming to build on last weekend`s excellent draw at Lincoln City when they face Port Vale at Vale Park tonight.

We’ll have a full report from Vale Park right here at Vital Chester City.