CHORLEY boss Jamie Vermiglio is running the rule of several players in a bid to strengthen his squad - including former Rovers striker Jordan Slew.

The frontman moved to Ewood Park from Sheffield United on deadline day in August 2011 for £1 million.

He would make just two appearances for the club though, one of those coming as a late substitute in a 3-2 Premier League win against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Slew eventually left Rovers in 2015 and was last with Boston United in the National League North.

The 27-year-old was one of the trialists to feature in the Magpies' 4-1 Lancashire Senior Cup defeat to a strong Preston side at Victory Park on Tuesday night, former North End midfielder John Welsh also facing his former employers as he looks for a new club.

"We’ve not agreed any personal terms with any of them or anything," said Vermiglio.

"But if a good player becomes available then you want to have a look at them.

"We’ve got a relatively small squad, I’ve only got 17 fit players including the goalkeepers.

"We’ve brought players in to have a look at them and there’s no obligation. Everyone understands the situation.

"Jordan’s had a few clubs and not really been able to kick on since he was bought for a few quid when he was younger.

"But he’s got a great attitude, worked really hard against Preston and he’s done himself a few favours by putting himself about a little bit."

The Magpies, second from bottom, are back in National League action when they host top of the table Woking on Saturday with Vermiglio hoping his side can build on four points from their last two games.

Both clubs may have been promoted last season, but this is a first season in the fifth tier in nearly 30 years for Chorley, while this weekend's visitors bounced back after relegation at the first attempt.

"We’re really confident going into this game," said the Magpies boss, whose side have just one win.

"I’ve watched Woking, they are a very good side, with lots of energy. It will be tough but every game at home is winnable.

"I am surprised to see them up there but credit to them. They’re similar to us in that they’re new to the division but it’s a big club.

"I’m not getting the violin out but statistically we are the underdogs, our backs are against the wall in this league but I’m more than confident we can stay up and if not push on."