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Home Comforts Paying Dividends for Campbell-Ryce

6 April 2016

More than a decade after his first Spireites stint, Jamal Campbell-Ryce says he feels at home back with the Spireites, with the evidence clear to see on the pitch.

In 2004, the on-loan winger - who celebrates his 33rd birthday today - played 14 league matches for the Spireites on loan from Charlton Athletic and in his four games since his recent return has notched his first two goals for the club.

Campbell-Ryce says that the home comforts and warm welcome from the Spireites supporters in North Derbyshire are helping him to play at his best on the field.

"It feels like home to be honest. All the fans remember me and I remember them. It feels brilliant, albeit at a new stadium, but it feels fantastic and hopefully I can repay the faith that the gaffer, Morgs (Chris Morgan) and the fans are putting in me out on the football pitch.

Charged with making life as difficult as possible for the opposition left-back, the former Jamaica international explains that manager Danny Wilson is allowing him to show his creativity.

"He allows me to go out there and express myself," said Campbell-Ryce. "Obviously I can't take the mick and I've got to do it for the team, but he allows me, Jay O'Shea and Gboly (Ariyibi) to express ourselves.

"It's important that we reward the manager and thank him by getting the final balls, the goals and eventually the results."

Campbell-Ryce returns to another former employer on Saturday as the Spireites travel to Barnsley, and the winger is looking forward to challenging the Tykes, who won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Wembley on Sunday.

"It's probably going to be a hostile reception for myself but that's part and parcel of football," he said. "They've had a final at the weekend, but every week's a final for us now until the end of the season.

"We don't care if they won, lost or drew at Wembley, it's about picking up points and we'll definitely be going out to do that.

"You're paid to go out there and win games of football and I can't wait for that. I want to recover, train and prepare for the game properly and look to pick up some more points."

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