Manager Dean Saunders has outlined the key role Ian Evatt has to play in the development of the club's younger players after signing a 12-month contract extension.
Speaking to Spireites Player, Saunders gave his reaction to news that Evatt had committed himself to the Spireites until the summer of 2017. He said: "I’m really pleased about that because he’s a big character, a big player for us and a really good player.
"He’s probably got the best brain, that’s why he doesn’t get in too many races, because he’s played higher up. He’s vital to what we’re going to do next year, and I’m pleased he’s committed himself to the club and shown he wants to play for Chesterfield."
Commenting on how Evatt's experience can help the youngsters, Saunders said: "I learned from the experienced players in the dressing room when I was a young player. I used to copy them. If you’ve got good pros in your dressing room, the younger players will copy them and behave the way they do. That’s the way they think is right, and it’s the only thing they know.
"f you’ve got some bad pros in the dressing room, it can ruin the younger players, but we’ve got some good pros and Ian’s one of them. Part of his role, I’ve told him, is that he corrects the young boys when they step out of line, before it gets to me, and they stay out of trouble then.
"Experienced pros like Ian have a part to play in teaching our young players how to become professional footballers and realise that they are professional footballer. It’s not like a hobby, there’s a lot of people watching them every weekend and we’ve got to get results, and they’ve got to produce."
Spireites Player subscribers can view the whole interview here.