BUXTON Football Club manager Martin McIntosh has strengthened his squad with two loan signings ahead of this weekend’s league clash with table-topping Chester FC.
Nabil Brahim-Bounab from Blue Square Bet Premier side Stockport County and Marc Roberts from Evo-Stik Premier Division neighbours Worksop Town have joined the Bucks on one-month loans until Saturday March 17.
Bounab, 23, who has made ten appearances for the Hatters this season, is set to become the first French national to play for Buxton. The 5’ 11” defender joined County from Fréjus St-Raphaël, a team in the third division of the French football league system, last August. He has also played in the lower tier for Hyères.
Giant centre-half Roberts was one of McIntosh’s signings at Worksop last summer. He joined the Tigers on a two-year deal from Wakefield.
“I think fresh blood is always good, just to get everyone charged up,” explained the Bucks manager. “I know when you do bring in fresh players it gives the side a lift, and certainly that’s the intention.”
Both players arrive ahead of McIntosh’s first league game in charge of the Bucks, the visit to high-flying Chester FC on Saturday (kick-off 3pm), and will help strengthen his side’s defence which has been further weakened by the recent departure of centre-half Tom Burgin.
“Chester are at the top of the league for a reason. They have been very strong in every game, but especially at home,” said McIntosh.
“It will be a very, very difficult task for us, but I will be going there with a very positive attitude and I will put that on to the players as well.”