With this afternoon's game at Roots Hall not far away we look at a player who has played for both Chesterfield and Southend United: Kevan HurstAfter spending his youth career at Sheffield United Hurst enjoyed three loan spells at the Chesterfield and has since ventured to Scunthorpe United, Carlisle United, Morecambe and Walsall and is now playing for this weekend’s opponents Southend United.
Hurst is originally from Chesterfield and was scouted by Sheffield United, making his first senior appearance for the Blades against QPR in the League Cup.
He spent time on loan at non-league sides Boston United and Stockport County before being brought in on a six-month loan deal to his hometown club – Chesterfield.
The midfielder arrived at Saltergate in 2005 and appeared for the Spireites a total of 62 times in the space of three years.
Sheffield loaned him out to Scunthorpe following his spells at Chesterfield and unlike the Spireites Scunthorpe brought Hurst in on a permanent basis in 2007.
Making over 50 appearances for the Iron during his spell but he couldn’t prevent their relegation from the Championship. He scored three goals for Scunny.
After this another move followed for the Englishman as he was sold to Carlisle United where he scored against former club Stockport on his debut. However in his next 34 games for the club he would only find the net on one more occasion.
Brief spells at Morecambe and Walsall followed but again he only managed to score two goals for both sides.
In 2012 Southend signed Hurst from Walsall on a two-year deal. Since signing for Southend in 2012 Hurst has enjoyed his time at Roots Hall having appeared over 100 times for the club and scoring on 17 occasions.
He was also a part of the 2012-13 side that lost to Crewe Alexandra in the Football League Trophy final at Wembley. Hurst also racked up the most assists that season in League Two.
Hurst will be remembered for being a home grown talent who was given his first real break in the Football League by Chesterfield which he took well and now has gone on to play for several League One and Two sides.