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Saunders Keen to Develop Youth

15 May 2015

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New Spireites manager Dean Saunders is looking to get going quickly in his new role and is excited about working with the club's blossoming youth set-up.

In the closing months of the season youth team pair Jake Beesley and Laurence Maguire were offered their first professional contracts by the club, illustrating the steps the club has made in developing its own young talent.

Part of the attraction of Chesterfield for Saunders was the youth set-up, and it's an aspect of his new job that he will be looking to develop further.

Saunders said: "There's a great academy here and the willingness to bring the youth players through is something I feel strongly about.

"I like the thought of working with the younger lads and the academy and bringing our own players through. 

"You've got to teach them the technical stuff, which is what we want with all the players being able to handle the ball. But if you miss the ingredients which made me a player, of what's inside you with your work ethic and desire - if that's missing you're not going to be around for long.

"I want to emphasise that to all our kids, from the under 18s to the under 11s at the club. You've got to work hard and I'll be emphasising to all the coaches that we technically-gifted players who work hard.

"That's what we want and that's the aim - I've been waiting to get my teeth into something like this."

Chairman Dave Allen echoed the manager's sentiments, and is looking forward to seeing the fruits of the youth set-up's labour appearing in first team matches.

"Dean likes working with kids and because of our set-up here that is important," said Allen. "We can't afford to go out and buy very expensive players, we have to develop our own.

"You'll get many managers who won't even talk to the kids, they just want their finished product that they can put onto the field and manage.

"I think with Dean Saunders you'll find him out in his tracksuit working with the kids, and that's important."

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