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Humphreys Extends Stay with Player/Coach Role

26 May 2016

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Ritchie Humphreys will combine playing with a coaching role next season after signing a contract to extend his stay at the Proact Stadium.

First signing for the club in 2013, Humphreys has made 64 League appearances for the Spireites and will now take on an official coaching position with the club, alongside his playing responsibilities.

The new role means Humphreys can continue in his position as PFA chairman, a role he has held since taking over from Clarke Carlisle in 2013.

Despite only making three league appearances last term, the 38-year-old says he wants to keep playing for as long as possible:  “I’ve always said that I’d like to carry on playing for as long as I feel fit and able and I can be an influence around the club and the training ground.

“To carry on as a player means a lot to me; I didn’t play a lot last season, but was on the bench quite a bit. You want to play for as long as possible, but also by staying on as a player I can play with the younger lads in the reserves where I can coach from the middle of the pitch."

After the appointment of Danny Wilson, Humphreys last season took on coaching responsibilities, including taking charge of the reserve team, and the UEFA A and B licensed Humphreys is excited for his new challenge.

“I had the coaching experience here last year," he said. "It was an unofficial role but I was balancing being a player and a coach. I’ve got to a certain age now where that crossover period has come, a bit later than I expected to be honest, which I am very thankful over – playing games past 35.

“I will be combining both roles and I’m fully committed to being the best I can be in both departments.”

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