WINGMAKERS' boss Andy Preece has gone continental with two of three new non-contract signings in the January transfer window.

Arriving at the Hollingsworth Group Stadium on pay-as-you-play deals are Portuguese midfielder Paulo Mendes and French defender Kevin Monteiro, alongside English midfielder Liam Blake.

Mendes, 22, played for Est Amadora, Oeiras and 1st Dezembro as a youth in his native Portugal before arriving in the UK where he has appeared for Brymbo, Vauxhall Motors, Nantwich Town, Buckley Town, Colwyn Bay and Oxford City.

Monteiro, 21, was on the books of FC United of Manchester while 19-year-old Blake spent time in the academies at Wrexham and Crewe, before joining Chester's youth set-up. Awarded a first team deal, he subsequently had a short loan spell with Witton Albion.

"All three players are looking to prove themselves and will give us added cover in the squad for the final 10 games," says Preece.

Photo: Liam Blake in action for Chester [Terry Marland].

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