There have been three new signings announced at Chester FC this afternoon.

Teenage goalkeeper Theo Roberts has joined, while defender Danny Livesey and striker Anthony Dudley arrive on loan from Salford City until the end of the season.

Goalkeeper Roberts, 19, came through the youth ranks at Wigan Athletic, debuting in November 2017 in an EFL Trophy game against Accrington Stanley. He spent time on loan at AFC Fylde last season.

Joint-manager Anthony Johnson told Chester’s club website: “Theo comes with a really impressive background at Wigan Athletic.

“He’s done well in pre-season and is somebody we have very high hopes for in the future. To support his development he will be going straight out on loan to gain further experience with a recall clause should he be required here.”

21-year-old striker Dudley scored 11 goals in 37 games in the National League North for Johnson and co-boss Bernard Morley at Salford City last season. Former Bolton Wanderers and Carlisle United defender Livesey, meanwhile, brings vast experience.

Johnson said of the loan pair when speaking to the club website:

“We’ve had both players on our radar as soon as we came to Chester. For us it was a game of wait and see as we knew Salford City has their own ‘irons in the fire’ and we didn’t want to commit to other things when we knew these deals could potentially come off.

“Anthony’s goals to starts ratio is as good as anyone’s and he scored some massive goals for us last season. Quick, strong, direct, can play with his back to goal and work in behind defenders and has a fantastic strike on him.

“Danny is another very experienced player who has only ever known playing in teams that compete at the top end of leagues.

“Former captain of both Carlisle and Barrow who had a fantastic partnership with Simon Grand at both clubs too.

“These are both huge statements of intent for us, we’re extremely delighted to welcome them both to Chester Football Club.”

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