After extending his stay at the Proact with an altered player/coach Spireites role, Ritchie Humphreys talked through his new coaching responsibilities.
In the second half of last season under Danny Wilson, Humphreys started to take on more backroom jobs, including leading, as well as playing for, the reserve side as they finished second in the Final Third Development League (East) table.
“The gaffer and Chris Morgan will be doing the first-team coaching," Explained the 38-year-old. "The gaffer’s asked me, like he did when he first came in, to take the reserves and that kind of younger group we have in the squad that still need quality coaching day-in day-out.
“The first team take priority and there are games, recovery and then preparation for the next game. Sometimes the younger lads who aren’t involved need that continuous coaching, be that in the afternoons after training or during training sessions when they’re given more work.
“I’ll be aiming to give them as many coaching hours as possible because when they turn professional that can be hard to do when you’ve not got the numbers. We’ll be giving them the coaching they need now, the analysis in the media room and the time in the gym doing strength and conditioning alongside Mal (Purchase).
“It’s something I’m really looking forward to as it’s the next step for me as well.”