Curle lands duo

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Keith Curle has made the first moves to shape his squad for next term by bringing Scott McNiven and Marcus Richardson to Chester.

Defender McNiven is known to Curle, having spent last season at new City chief Curle's former club Mansfield, while striker Richardson has been lured to The Saunders Honda Stadium from Yeovil.

Curle admits it was a relief to finally make a successful raid on the transfer market.

"It's great to make my first two signings because I am aware that the fans are waiting to see the squad I put together," he told the Chester Evening Leader.

"I know it has been quiet during the last few days, but I have been trying to pick it up."

Carl Regan has earned a permanent deal at Chester after spending the final few months of last term on non-contract terms.