Jan 10 2013 by Paul Wheelock, Chester Chronicle
Ashley Williams is ‘very close’ to following in the footsteps of midfield sidekick Antoni Sarcevic by signing a new 18-month contract with Chester FC.
Sarcevic, 20, agreed fresh terms with the Blues last month and a delighted Neil Young has revealed he expects Williams, 25, to do the same in the near future.
Chester boss Young said: “Ashley is very keen to do it, as am I, and I’m very happy to say that we’re very close to getting an agreement.
“What has been and continues to be key for me is the need to try and tie up the young lads – the players who are going to be the future of the football club.
“I see Ashley and Antoni as the start of that process.”
Williams is back to his tenacious best after suffering a slight dip in form that coincided with the birth of his first child.
But as good as Williams has been, it is the performances of Sarcevic which have attracted the most attention.
The Blues are bracing themselves for official approaches for the former Crewe Alexandra man during the January transfer window.
But as of yesterday, none had been forthcoming.
Young would be loathe to lose Sarcevic. However he is willing to let other members of his squad leave.
Young has released four players in the last month alone – Luke Denson, Sean Clancy, Levi Mackin and Robbie Booth.
But he will need to make further cuts if he is to make the signings he believes his table-topping team require to see off the burgeoning challenge of second-placed Guiseley.
Young said: “I am currently looking at the make-up of the squad as I am not completely happy with it.
“We need strengthening in certain areas for the run-in.
“But to do that players will have to leave as financially we can’t do it.”
One player who has been linked with Chester is former Bury, Wigan Athletic and Norwich City midfielder Jason Jarrett.
Jarrett is a free agent after he was surprisingly released by FC Halifax Town last week.
The 33-year-old produced an outstanding display for Halifax when they lost 2-1 at Chester in September.
Jarrett returned to the Exacta Stadium last night to watch the Blues’ 2-0 victory against Oxford City.
Chester would face competition from title-rivals Guiseley should they move for Jarrett.
The first City Fans United meeting of the year will take place on Wednesday, January 30 in The Blues Bar at the Exacta Stadium (7.30pm).
It is expected that the new-look Chester FC board will use the meeting to inform CFU members of the club’s current condition.