Former favourite Ian Evatt has rejoined the Spireites on a two-year contract.
After starting his career with Derby County, Evatt began his first spell with Chesterfield in 2003 when he was signed by Roy McFarland. He was switched from midfield to central defence by McFarland and enjoyed two successful years with the club, winning the Player of the Year award at the end of his first season.
Evatt was sold to QPR for £150,000 in the summer of 2005 and then joined Blackpool in January 2007. He was an integral part of the Blackpool side during their Premiership campaign and made over 200 appearances for the Seasiders before being released at the end of last season.
Speaking about his return to Chesterfield, the 31-year-old said: “I’m delighted to be back. My family is from around here and I know the area well.
“On and off the pitch, the club’s run extremely well and they’ve got massive ambitions to become a Championship side. I want to do everything I can to help Chesterfield achieve this goal."
Spireites manager Paul Cook is delighted to have brought the popular defender back to the club. He said: “We’ve been after an experienced leader for a while now - the type of person to bring on Liam Cooper and the other young centre-halves at the club.
“He comes from a tradition of winning things, which is what I like. He’s got promotions on his CV, together with Wembley appearances and he leads by example, so he ticks every box. He’s someone we want our lads to look up to."
Cook confirmed that Evatt will be the new captain for the forthcoming campaign. He commented: “People forget that Liam Cooper is only 21-years-old. We’ve got a lot of leaders on the pitch, but now what we have is a vocal leader, who has the respect of the dressing room as soon as he walks through the door.
“The players love it when the club makes good signings and it keeps everyone on their toes. Now we have great competition for places in the back-line."