After signing a new two-year deal at the Proact Stadium Sam Hird revealed that despite talking to other clubs he wanted to remain at Chesterfield.The 26-year-old's previous contract expired at the end of the League 2 title-winning campaign and the defender had been approached by a number of other clubs as his deal came to an end.
“Throughout the season when any player’s out of contract they speak to other clubs," explained Hird before adding: "I spoke to other clubs but there was never any doubt that if this club wanted to offer me a contract then I wanted to stay.
“Obviously I’m really happy; I’m delighted to be honest with you. We had a great season last season and I think it’s a club going in the right direction – I had no hesitation in re-signing.”
Hird was placed on the transfer list in April last year but was taken off in September after impressing with 14 consecutive starts at the beginning of the 2013/14 season.
“I’d say I was quite surprised when I was put on the transfer list because, in my opinion, when someone goes on the list you would think he’s got a bad attitude," said the defender.
“That’s something I’ve never really been tarnished with in my career, I’m a good professional and I put everything into the job whichever club I’m at.”
The former Doncaster Rovers star was delighted that he was able to play his way off the transfer list and back into the management team's plans.
He explained: “It was my job to come in last season and prove to the new management what kind of player I was and I’d like to think I’ve done that.”
“I’m here today because of my own hard work. You’ve got to believe in yourself, I believe in my own ability and I’d like another successful season with Chesterfield.”
Looking forward to the 2014/15 League 1 campaign, Hird believes that Chesterfield have the foundations of a strong squad that can challenge for the play-offs in the third tier.
“The gaffer’s putting together a good squad," commented the 26-year-old. "He’ll know what he wants but I think the majority of the squad that are already here provide a good base for him to build from.
“We’ve got a good squad of players who’ve played a lot of games at Championship and League 1 level so we’re well aware of what we need to do and I’m confident that we can have a good season.
“The aim will be to stay in League 1 and consolidate but I honestly think with the squad that we’ve got we can push for the play-offs.”
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