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Spireites Land Duo On Loan

20 November 2012

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Chesterfield manager Paul Cook has made a double loan signing, bringing in MK Dons forward Jay O’Shea and Hull City defender Conor Townsend.

O’Shea, who has signed until January 5, made his name in his native Ireland, playing for Bray Wanderers before joining League of Ireland Premier Division club Galway United.

He joined Birmingham City in 2009 and had loan spells at Middlesbrough, Stevenage and Port Vale. Following his release from Birmingham, O’Shea joined MK Dons in the summer of last year after a spell on trial. He scored against the Spireites in a 1-1 draw at the Proact Stadium last season.

Townsend spent most of last season on loan at Grimsby Town and has yet to make a senior appearance for Hull. He will initially spend a month with the Spireites.

The 19-year-old Irish left-back played for Hull reserves alongside fellow Spireites loanee Liam Cooper in last month’s second-string match at the Proact.

Cook, who took charge of the Spireites last month, is delighted to have signed the pair. He said: “We need to increase the competition for places and these two players are quality additions to the squad.”

Both players will go straight into the squad for tonight's match against Cheltenham Town.

Cook has been re-shaping the squad he inherited, making striker Craig Westcarr and defender Neal Trotman available for transfer and releasing long-serving midfielder Mark Allott. 

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