Blackpool’s Rob Apter signs with glowing reference on busy day at Chester FC

Steve Watson has made his first signing as Chester FC manager, bringing in 18-year-old winger Rob Apter on loan from Championship side Blackpool.

Apter, who has two caps for Scotland’s under-19s, has signed on an initial 28-day deal having spent the first half of the season on loan at Northern Premier League Premier Division promotion chasers Bamber Bridge, where he scored 10 goals in 22 appearances.

He signed a new contract with Blackpool last month to keep him at the club until 2024, having made his debut for them last season, aged 17.

His first pro contract for the club was signed in 2020 and was due to run until this summer.

His performances at Bamber Bridge earned a glowing reference from their manager, Jamie Milligan, who told Lancs Live: “I would go as far as saying he’s one of the best young players I’ve seen in a while.

“I think he’ll breakthrough at Blackpool. If he keeps his feet on the ground and keeps learning, particularly working off the ball, which I work with him on a lot, then he’s a one-off. He has absolutely unbelievable ability for his age and he is only going to get better.”

Chester boss Steve Watson revealed he would be strengthening his squad when he spoke to CFCTV after Sunday’s 1-1 draw at home to Telford and said his team needed more of a cutting edge.

Apter’s arrival continues a busy day for the club as striker Jack Redshaw and full back Jamie Morgan departed.

Redshaw returned to Ashton United at the end of his three-month loan while Morgan has been transferred to National League side Altrincham.

That made further space in the squad after winger Jude Oyibo joined Sepnnymoor last week after having his Chester contract cancelled by mutual consent.

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