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Cook on Search for New Players

21 May 2013

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Paul Cook insists that the club won't be held to ransom as he looks to strengthen his squad.

Young keeper Aaron Chapman became Chesterfield's first pre-season signing when he arrived from Belper Town last week and Cook is actively pursuing other transfer targets.

The Spireites boss points out, however, that there has to be a measured approach to the signing of players. "We've identified targets but we can't get them at the moment," he said. 

"I think our supporters should see that as a good thing because we're not having lads walking in, making unrealistic wage demands and leaving with a contract in their hand."

With a number of players having left the club, Cook outlined the need to get the balance right in the squad while working within budget. He said: "You've got to have the right ingredients. 

"We need young, hungry lads as well as experienced players and leaders. We need the full package, but we're not going to jump in at the deep end to make it right."

Off the field, Cook is delighted that he has been able to assemble a new backroom team with Leam Richardson, Kevin Lynch, Eric Nixon, Gerry Carr and Mark Smith all joining the coaching staff in recent weeks.

"I can only thank the club for backing me in this area," said the Spireites chief. "I'm really happy with the staff I've got in and we're all working together to take this club to where we want it to be."

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