Chesterfield manager Paul Cook has said that the pressure starts now for the club as they prepare for their first pre-season match against Buxton on Saturday.
Cook is able to pick from an almost fully-fit squad, with only Tommy Lee and Nathan Smith missing out, but the new signings will be playing and some trialists will get their chance to prove themselves.
The squad has been back in training for the past few weeks, including their trip to Portugal, and Cook believes that the players need to be fit for the upcoming season.
He said: “We don’t want to be left behind, we’ve got good players and we want to be up there with the training methods as well.”
Buxton are managed by Cook’s former team-mate at Stockport, Martin McIntosh, and he says they will be more than up for the game. “It’s very much a game I know Martin will want to win, so certainly for us it’ll be a competitive game” the Spireites manager added.
The club are facing Football League opposition over the next few weeks, including Championship sides Huddersfield, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday, but Cook has one eye already on the league campaign.
“There’s nothing like the real thing, which is Bury away and that’s very much in my mind. We want to go there fit, strong and ready to win a football match. We just want to be at the right end of the Football League with people coming to games with smiles on their faces.”
Tickets are available on the gate at The Silverlands and are priced £10 for adults (18 and over), £6 concessions (under 18 / over 65 / students) and children under the age of 14 accompanied by an adult can enter free of charge, otherwise under 14 tickets are £2.