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Lester Backs Fellow Strikers

8 August 2012

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Talismanic striker Jack Lester has backed the Spireites' strikers to fire Chesterfield back to League One at the first time of asking.

The 36-year-old veteran missed the majority of last season after breaking his arm against Leyton Orient in September, while he sustained a groin injury in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final to prevent him from helping his side secure their third-tier status.

But Lester, who is now the club's longest serving player, has backed the likes of new signing Mark Richards and Jordan Bowery to fire John Sheridan's side to promotion.

"We've got a lot of strong strikers and I think we'll score goals this year," the former Forest man told Spireites Player after making his comeback against Huddersfield.

"I know I won't be playing every game and hopefully I can help the lads we've got out there. 

"If i'm scoring goals, playing and contributing i'll be very happy but if i'm not then it's not nice. But I hope to be playing and scoring goals and obviously trying to help the younger lads with their game," he added.

"We've signed some good players and i think we've got to be looking at promotion."

Lester was instrumental in Chesterfield's last promotion campaign in 2010/11, when he notched an impressive tally of 17 goals, all of which at home, as the Spireites clinched the League Two title.

But after moving up to 7th in the club's all-time top goal-scorers chart, the fans' favourite endured an injury-ravaged campaign, which culminated in Chesterfield's relegation from League One.

"I was pleased to be back," he revealed.

"You know, it was only 10 minutes but it's nice to be available.

"I've done all the pre-season training. I've done all the running and joined in with the football in the last week or two, so i'm just holding back while the arm is showing a bit more growth in the bone and hopefully that will be it."

"It needed a graft in there, it was just a bit more complicated than we'd hoped and we had to take the whole plate out so it needed a bit more healing time."

You can watch Jack's interview in full, exclusively on Spireites Player.


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