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New Keeper's Delight at Turning Pro

18 May 2013

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New signing Aaron Chapman spoke of his delight at joining the professional ranks after signing for the Spireites from non-league Belper Town.

"I'm finally being given the chance I've wanted and waited ages for," said the 22-year-old. "I couldn't have asked for any better because it's a great club. 

"There was interest from Norwich and Sheffield United but nothing concrete so I'm just glad to be here now. It's a dream."

Chapman, who has signed a one-year contract, is something of a late developer and he's keen to develop his raw talent under new goalkeeper coach Eric Nixon. "I think I only started playing football properly when I was about 19 so it's still all new to me," he said.

Following Richard O'Donnell's release at the end of the season, another keeper was required to strengthen that area of the squad, but the new recruit insists he will not be content to just act as cover for Tommy Lee. "He's a great keeper but I'm not here to just sit on the bench," said Chapman. "I'm going to push him."

Chapman cuts an imposing figure and he sets the record straight about his height as various websites list him as being either 6' 6" or 6' 7" tall. He said: "I didn't know how tall I was myself until I checked in the physio's room and I'm 6' 8"!"

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