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Challenges Lay Ahead for Beesley and Maguire

25 May 2015

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Laurence Maguire and Jake Beesley have achieved their footballing dreams of being offered professional deals by Chesterfield FC, but the real challenge has only just begun.

That's the view of academy manager Gerry Carr who played his part in helping the young duo to progress to the extent that the club was willing to offer them their first professional contracts.

Carr gave details of what now faces the two promising talents: "It's up to them and I've been telling them: the hard work starts now. They've had a two-year scholarship programme and now the objective is to see them out there with the first team.

"They have now been offered the opportunity to train and play with and against better players. Jake scored 20-plus goals in the youth team while Laurence played the last eight games at a breeze."

At the end of the season Carr feels that Maguire and Beesley had developed to the extent that they were finding the younger level comfortable and are now in a position to step up to the senior level.

He said: "You could see that that level wasn't good enough for them because they have progressed so well. Now, from their perspective it needs to be heads down and hard work for the summer and I wouldn't be expecting them to take much time off.

"Then soon they'll be in pre-season with the first team. It's a case of being ready for pre-season and not lagging behind and that you're ready to be there with them."

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