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Ryan Joins Spireites

5 June 2013

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Jimmy Ryan became Chesterfield's third pre-season signing when he put pen to paper on a contract at the Proact on Wednesday morning.

Midfielder Ryan, who has signed a one-year deal with an option for an extension, was a free agent after coming to the end of his contract at Scunthorpe United.

In an exclusive interview with Spireites Player, he spoke of the reasons behind his decision to join the Spireites. "I wanted to come here because I knew the staff and I knew the football that they wanted to play," he said.

"I admired them when I played here with Accrington. The club sold itself because you just look around and you know it's going places so I wanted to be a part of that."

Assistant-manager Leam Richardson is pleased to have secured the player's services. He said: "Jimmy's someone we identified quite early on who we wanted to bring to the club. 

"He's a fantastic footballer and a great lad. He handles the ball very well and to add him to what we're trying to do at Chesterfield just seems right."

Ryan, 24, began his career at Liverpool and was part of their FA Youth Cup-winning sides in 2006 and 2007. After a short spell at Shrewsbury Town, he joined Accrington Stanley in August 2008 and went on to make 129 appearances, scoring 22 goals, in three years at the Crown Ground.

Ryan signed for Scunthorpe two years ago and scored four goals in 69 appearances for the Iron.

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