Following his transfer to Wigan Athletic, Sam Morsy has thanked those who helped him make his mark at Chesterfield, admitting that he felt emotional when he left the Proact.
Morsy said: “The fans have been very special towards me. They took to me and responded to me very well. It was an emotional day when I left because I have so many great memories from my time at the club.
“I’d like to thank Paul Cook for showing faith in me and bringing me to the club. He helped me develop into the player I am today. I’ll forever be grateful to him for that. Leam Richardson was also fantastic with me, helping me to improve. All the staff were brilliant with me.
“It has been an unbelievable two-and-a-half years. To get a promotion, a play-off and a day at Wembley - I think any player would take that. Last season I thought we were desperately unlucky not to have got into the Championship. The players have done themselves proud over the last couple of seasons.”
Morsy believes that after a difficult time this season which resulted in a managerial change, the Spireites will improve. He said: “When you come so close to promotion, you almost have a little hangover the following season. I have to say that Dean Saunders was great with me - as was Brian Carey - and I learned from him as well.
“The club is in safe hands. Danny Wilson and Chris Morgan are both ambitious and want to do well. There’s a great cohesion in the dressing room with a fantastic bunch of players. There are some good players in there and I really do think they can have a positive second half to the season.”
The 24-year-old midfielder acknowledges the efforts made to keep him at the club, pointing out that he just felt it was the right time to make a fresh start elsewhere. “Attempts were made to sign me to a longer deal but sometimes in football you have to look for your next challenge and move on,” he said. “Two-and-a-half years in football is like a lifetime and you have to look for new opportunities.”
Morsy, who joined Chesterfield from Port Vale in the summer of 2013, praised members of staff at the club. He added: “They all helped to make my time at Chesterfield a memorable experience for me and I’ve made some great friends there. There will always be a place in my heart for Chesterfield Football Club.”