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Saunders Discusses Sylvan Ebanks-Blake

10 June 2015

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Manager Dean Saunders today sat down with Spireites Player to run the rule over his new signing Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

Saunders managed Ebanks-Blake during his time in charge of Wolverhampton Wanderers and is well-aware of the qualities his new striker will bring to the Spireites' squad.

"I know him from my days at Wolves and he scored five goals in five games for me," said Saunders. "Then he broke his leg and was out for a year after that, but I know what he's capable of.

"He's scored goals in the Premier League, he's scored goals in the Championship. He's only 29, he's not 33 or 34 or anything, and he's still hungry. 

"I know he'll do the job for us and we'll need to work with him to get him on the starting grid for the first game of the season. He's going to need a pre-season and it's the first one he's been able to do one properly for a while."

With Ebanks-Blake having spent much of his career scoring goals in the top two tiers of English football, Saunders talked through how he managed to convince the 29-year-old into League One with Chesterfield.

He said: "I just showed him round and told him what my intentions were. He knows what I'm like and that I want to win games and do well, he wants to be part of that and he know's he's going to come and play.

"He needs to get a full season under his belt and score 20 goals for us then he'll be back in the Championship, hopefully with us, or he'll attract someone else."

Saunders was also keen to stress the importance of adding more goals to the Spireites' first team for the upcoming season.

"We've got a good football team but I think we're struggling for goalscorers and that's my job, to try and improve that side of it, he'll slot into our team perfectly."

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