CHESTER FC's efforts to bring an end to their barren run of goalscoring has had a boost after the Blues announced the signing of striker Akwasi Asante on a 28-day loan from Tamworth.

The 26-year-old arrives with a proven track record at National League level with the Netherlands-born forward's 17 goals in 39 appearances helping Solihull Moors to the National League North title under former Blues boss Marcus Bignot in 2015-2016.

Asante began his senior career in England with Birmingham City making his debut in a Europa League play-off round second leg against C.D. Nacional in August 2011. He made his debut in the Football League while on loan at Northampton Town in January 2012 before spells on loan at Shrewsbury Town in both 2012–13 and 2013–14.

Since then Akwasi's career has been hampered by injury and he left Birmingham when his contract expired before spending the latter part of the 2014–15 season with Kidderminster Harriers and then moving on to Solihull Moors.

Asante signed for Grimsby Town in January 2017, after missing the first couple of months of 2017–18 recovering from injury, before going back on loan to Solihull Moors and leaving Grimsby by mutual consent in February 2018.

Joint Chester boss Anthony Johnson said: “It has been a long, drawn out process trying to get the right forward that fits into the ethos of our team.

“Akwasi is quick and strong but also a very clever footballer who has scored lots of goals at this level when he won the league with Solihull Moors before a move to Grimsby.

“We’re delighted to have him at the club for the month with a view to taking him permanently.”

Asante's arrival has also hastened the departure of two other Chester players with John Pritchard joining Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division side Buxton FC on loan for a month where he links up with a fellow Blues loanee, goalkeeper Theo Roberts, who has spent this season with the Bucks.

Pritchard has made seven starts in all competitions for the Blues this season, with nine sub appearances. He had scored four goals this term including a brace against City of Liverpool in an FA Cup win in September.

Winger Luke Jordan has also left the Swansway after signing dual registration forms with Lancaster City who also play in Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division. Jordan has made two starts for the club since arriving from Ramsbottom in September.

Johnson added: “Both lads are going out to benefit from more action as both clubs can promise Luke and John first team football.

“We feel that their development would be best served with time away from the club and getting lots of minutes.”