Blue Square Bet
Published 13th September 2012
Neil Young, manager of Blue Square Bet North club Chester FC, had hoped for a resolution to his bid to sign the on-loan striker on a permanent deal from Conference Premier neighbours Macclesfield Town.
But Mills remains a Macclesfield player.
The 23-year-old has netted nine goals in seven games during his month-long loan spell, a deal which expires after Chester’s clash at Boston United this Saturday. Macclesfield boss Steve King is not prepared to extend the loan. But he is willing to sell Mills as long as the Silkmen make a profit on the £10,000 they paid Nantwich Town for the striker in January.
The clubs have been in negotiations since Mills scored a hat-trick for the Blues in last Saturday’s 4-0 win over Guiseley. But even if the difficulties over the fee can be overcome, Chester will have to agree personal terms with Mills.
That could prove tricky as he is currently on a full-time contract at Macclesfield.
Chester’s squad are all on part-time terms, meaning they are paid for the thirty-eight weeks of the year while the season is in progress.
Therefore a compromise will have to be reached with Mills.
Young said: “We’ve made Macclesfield an offer. Talks are ongoing but now I’ve got to turn all my attentions to our game on Saturday.”
Mills has said he would ‘love’ to stay at the Exacta Stadium. However, he also wants to remain full-time, believing his game has improved markedly since he made the transition to professional football with Macc.
Young cannot give Mills – who is attracting serious interest from other clubs – a guarantee of if and when the Blues will go full-time.