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Chester City’s Anthony Barry finally confirmed his transfer to Blue Square Premier rivals Wrexham on Friday afternoon.  Delayed by a day due to the inclement weather, Barry passed a medical and signed a deal that will keep him at the Racecourse until the summer of 2011.

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Local press reports have tipped midfield player Anthony Barry to be the first to leave the Deva Stadium when the January Transfer window opens in a matter of hours. 

Reports suggest Barry may well have played his last game for the troubled Deva Stadium club, with at least two clubs preparing to offer the former Everton trainee a contract.

Barry, along with a number of other Chester first team squad players, have been watched regularly over the past months as the Football Conference basement clubs financial woes gathered momentum. A number of the senior players are still awaiting their November salaries, and the December wages become due next week.

It is understood that ambitious Fleetwood Town are preparing to offer Barry terms, whilst Wrexham are also known to be keen to add the midfielder to their payroll.

Barry suffered an unfortunate training ground hamstring injury last Wednesday which will keep him out of action until next week, and with the transfer window opening on Friday it is expected he will move on.

Barry is in his second full season with City, after joining from Yeovil Town in June 2008. The player started his career as a junior with Everton, before enjoying spells with Coventry City and Accrington Stanley, he joined Yeovil in January 2006.

Other City players who have been watched by other clubs recently and could well be on the move in the transfer window are central defender Shaun Kelly, former Wales youth international midfield player James Owen, and ex Everton striker Nick Chadwick. Any outgoings will reduce Chester’s playing strength to farcical levels, which will make the hardworking City boss Jim Harvey’s job even more difficult.

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City have been handed a major boost on the eve of tonight’s trip to York City (7.45pm) after Mark Beesley’s loan from Cambridge United was extended by a further month.

The 28-year-old striker has been in fine form since returning to the Deva Stadium and has played a major part in Jim Harvey side’s season-reviving three-match winning run.

The only stipulation of the new deal, which expires on December 5, is that Beesley will not be able to face his parent club when City travel to the Abbey Stadium on December 1.

While Beesley will be in the squad to face an in-form York side who knocked Crewe Alexandra out of the FA Cup on Saturday, Blues boss Harvey will be without on-loan centre-back Johnny Flynn.

The impressive 20-year-old – who turns 21 next Wednesday – has been called-up for Northern Ireland Under 21s’ UEFA European U21 Championships qualifiers against Germany on Friday and Czech Republic next Tuesday.

The fit-again Shaun Kelly could take Flynn’s place in the heart of Chester’s defence while midfielder Anthony Barry may also be included in the travelling party after he returned to training yesterday.

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Jimmy Harvey will be hoping his men can build on their last two wins with a favourable result in the capital on Saturday.

The game in Essex is the first of three road trips in just over a week but manager Jim Harvey is still beaming following last weekend’s impressive 3-1 win against in-form AFC Wimbledon, and he wants his players to continue where they left off.

“The lads have set the standard and now they have to try and maintain that level,” Harvey said.

“Grays is a six-pointer and it would be nice to think we will be going down there with a little bit more confidence.”

Harvey will have to prepare without injury victims Anthony Barry (knee) and Michael Lea (groin), but Shaun Kelly is fit again following his groin injury and Gregg Blundell has shaken off a slight knock.

What’s for sure, except for the Chester City Exiles regulars, there won’t be much of an away following from Chester City. Chester City’s away travel club, affectionately known by regulars as the ‘Hipkiss Express’ are not offering a coach to this fixture due to escalating costs and reduced take up.  I can’t remember the last time this happened!

 

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