STEVE BURR has made two important signings as he bids to improve the fortunes of Stalybridge Celtic.
The manager has signed wide midfield players Connor Hughes and Jordan Chapell, but says he would still like to strengthen central midfield.
Burr admitted he had long been a fan of Hughes, who played in the EFL for Oldham Athletic.
“I have tried to get Connor when he was at Hyde United and Halifax Town and I am delighted to have signed him,” he said.
Hughes, 24, who made nine first-team appearances for Oldham Athletic, played a starring role as Celtic twice came from behind to beat Rushall Olympic 3-2 in the Buildbase FA Trophy and pick up a £4,000 winners’ cheque.
He scored twice, provided the assist for the other goal and also hit the upright and crossbar.
Burr has also captured Chapell, 26, from Chester on loan to the end of the year. He is a former Sheffield United trainee who also played for Torquay United who also had loan spells at Burton Albion and Grimsby Town.
“Jordan is a very good player and it has been pleasing to get a player from a club in National League,” he said.
Burr revealed that central midfielder Tom Brown has been playing with a badly bruised ankle which is why he would like to add to that area.
To accommodate Hughes and Chapell, Burr has had to release midfielder Sebastian Julien.