UPDATED: Three is the magic number for Dino

First published in Sport Northwich Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Writer

DINO Maamria has captured the three men he said he wanted for Saturday.

And, as promised, he has strengthened in every area of the pitch with a defender, a midfielder and an attacker among the new boys.

In order they are Cortez Belle, Matthew Crowell and Jamie Mullan.

Crowell is banned for Saturday's trip to Burton after being sent off for Wrexham before Christmas, but the other two can play against Burton Albion.

Belle is perhaps the most recognisable of the three.

The 24-year-old central defender was released by Vics' Blue Square Premier rivals Halifax Town on Monday with his new club taking over the remainder of his contract up to up to the end of the season.

Formerly a forward in his days playing in the Welsh League for Llanelli and Newport County, Belle was converted to a central defender by the former.

He made 18 appearances for the Shaymen.

Next in is midfielder Crowell, 23, who arrives from League Two strugglers Wrexham on non contract terms.

A Wales U21 international, he began his career at Southampton before switching to the Racecourse Ground in 2003.

He has made almost 100 appearances for the club since then, picking up an LDV Vans winners' medal along the way.

His career has been blighted by persistent injury in recent times, resulting in Wrexham only offering him a six-month deal at the start of the current campaign.

New boss Brian Little decided to release Crowell last week.

"I understand the manager's situation," Crowell told Wrexham's official website.

"He needs to bring in new faces and, with my contract expiring, I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"It does seem strange that I'm not a Wrexham player any longer but I will get focused on the next stage of my career now."

Last up is teenage winger Jamie Mullan who was released from a short-term deal at another League Two club, Rochdale, this week.

He came through the youth ranks at Manchester United, along with fellow Vics front runner Aaron Burns, before being released by Alex Ferguson last summer.

Mullan, 19, had trials at Leeds United, Swansea City and Huddersfield Town before settling at Spotland.

Their arrival takes Maamria's first team squad up to 27 - a number that does not include exiled trio Paul Tait, Chris Williams and Kevin Townson.

Greg Strong and Michael Carr are on the transfer list, but the Vics boss knows he needs to trim his team before the close of the transfer window on January 31.

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