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Farewell to Seven Players

30 April 2013

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Time to reflect on the careers of a number of players who left the club this week.

Seven players were released by the club on Monday as manager Paul Cook began to re-shape his squad in preparation for next season. We now take a look at the players who have departed.

Signed in 2010, Danny Whitaker made 106 appearances for the Spireites, scoring 21 goals. Whitaker was instrumental in the 2010/11 League Two championship-winning season, having scored 15 goals and played a pivotal role in securing the title for Chesterfield.

Neal Trotman was brought in by former manager John Sheridan from Rochdale. Initially signed on loan, Trotman made his move permanent in January 2012. Transfer-listed in the early part of the season, the big defender made 34 appearances at the heart of the rear-guard.

Craig Clay came through the Chesterfield youth system and signed his first professional contract in 2010. Craig made his mark for the Spireites with a dramatic last-minute equaliser against Crewe Alexandra in the memorable 5-5 draw. Clay’s solitary goal this season came in Chesterfield’s 6-1 demolition of Hartlepool in the FA Cup.

Scott Boden signed a professional contract with Chesterfield in 2008. The striker was predominately used as an impact substitute and scored 15 goals for the Spireites. He spent time on loan at local side Alfreton Town, where he scored three goals in 13 appearances.

Richard O’Donnell found first-team opportunities hard to come by during his time with the Spireites after signing last summer following his release from Sheffield Wednesday. The keeper made 14 appearances for Chesterfield, but spent a large part of the season on loan at Stockport County. Following an injury to Tommy Lee, he featured in the last day game against Exeter and produced a good performance.

failed to make a senior appearance. Jack Waddle made one substitute appearance, coming on against Northampton Town in January, while Jonathan Wafula

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