Spireites midfielder Mark Randall says that his team-mates are brimming with enthusiasm ahead of their forthcoming League Two campaign, as Chesterfield look to bounce back to the third tier of English football at the first attempt.
John Sheridan’s side are yet to taste defeat in pre-season so far, but were held to a 2-2 draw by Conference National outfit AFC Telford United at the New Bucks Head Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Spireites still have to travel to Alfreton Town, before hosting Championship opposition in Huddersfield Town and Derby County ahead of their Capital One Cup clash with Tranmere Rovers at the B2Net, and Randall admits his new team-mates are champing at the bit to get going.
“Definitely, the enthusiasm is still there,” he told Spireites Player.
“It was always there last season even when we were losing. We still wanted to go out every week and get a result for the fans, the manager and ourselves. But it’s a new squad and we can’t wait for the first game.
“These games are so important for us to get to know each other and see how each other play. A lot of us haven’t played together before, so these games are vital for us and we’ve got two tough games coming up against Huddersfield and Derby.
“Like I said before, we can’t wait for the first game against Tranmere and obviously the first league game against Wimbledon. We’re raring to go and we want to go straight back up this season.”
Randall was introduced at half-time against the Bucks, following two impressive pre-season displays so far which saw the former Arsenal schoolboy score two audacious chips from the penalty spot.
But the 22-year-old playmaker admitted that new signing Marc Richards will be the favourite to score from 12-yards next season.
“I don’t think I would have had a penalty today with Marc on the pitch. I think he’s going to be our penalty taker next season, I thought I’d give the chip a go in pre-season so I’ll have a go if I get one in the league.”
“I don’t know if I’d win against Marc in a fight though, he’s supposed to be scoring the goals so I think I’d have to let him have it!”
Spireites Player subscribers can watch Mark’s interview from the New Bucks Heads Stadium in full.