CURTIS, DIMECH AND ARTELL JOIN CHESTER
Artell moves goes ahead
CHAD website, 23 June 2005
WANT-AWAY Stags central defender Dave Artell has today joined former boss Keith Curle at Chester City for an undisclosed sum.
Still under contract at Field Mill, Artell had wanted to join Curle at Chester but Stags have held out for a realistic fee for the big defender.
His departure is now likely to see player-manager Carlton Palmer bring in another central defender.
Keith Curle has recruited four fresh faces for Chester City, including three from former club Mansfield Town.
Abdelhalim El Kholti, Luke Dimech and Tommy Curtis (pictured) have joined on free transfers, while Curle has finally struck a deal for David Artell.
Mansfield had rejected two previous offers for the defender but have now accepted an undisclosed fee for the 24-year-old.
Artell has signed a two-year contract with Chester and is joined at the club by former Stags team-mates Dimech and Curtis.
Dimech was released at the end of the season by Carlton Palmer and has signed a 12-month deal, along with El Kholti, who was axed by Cambridge United.
Experienced midfielder Curtis negotiated his release from the remaining year of his deal at Field Mill on Wednesday and has now signed on at Chester for next season, much to the delight of Curle.
"As soon as I got the job they were players I identified and wanted to bring to the club," said Curle.
"I know how three of them play week in and week out and train week in and week out because I had them at Mansfield."
Artell signs in at Chester as Dalglish looks to impress Curle
Jun 23 2005
By Neil Turner, Daily Post
CHESTER CITY last night agreed an undisclosed fee with Mansfield Town for the transfer of central defender Dave Artell.
The 24-year-old Yorkshireman will travel to the Deva Stadium today for a medical and to discuss personal terms.
Artell started his career with his home-town club Rotherham United where he spent four years before moving to Mansfield two seasons ago.
City manager Keith Curle said last night: "Ever since I got the job at Chester, Dave has been a target of mine. He is a quality defender who will give us an extra dimension defensively."
This was the third attempt by City to acquire the player, and assuming he passes the medical examination later today, Artell will be one of four players unveiled to the media this afternoon at a Deva Stadium press conference.
Today's signings will bring Mr Curle's squad for the coming season up to 16 players. Ideally he would like to start the campaign with around 22 senior professionals.
"I am still looking for a goalkeeper, a central midfield player and a striker," he said. "A number of players will be joining us for pre-season training which starts next week."
Another player who could be on his way to Chester is striker Paul Dalglish, the son of Liverpool legend Kenny. Dalglish, who has been working in the media for the past couple of years, had experience as a junior with Liverpool, Norwich City and Blackpool before taking a break from football.
The striker has been invited by City to join them in their pre-season training. However, he has also received a similar invitation from Coca-Cola Championship side Luton Town.
One player who definitely won't be joining City is former Manchester United goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington.
Curle had agreed a financial package with the 31-year old but last night he chose to join a club nearer to his Derbyshire home, Notts County.
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