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Caldwell's Delight at Deadline Day Deals

1 February 2017

Manager Gary Caldwell was delighted to be able to strengthen his squad on transfer deadline day by bringing in four new faces on loan.

Midfield duo Reece Brown and Liam Grimshaw arrived from Birmingham City and Preston North End respectively while striker David Faupala was secured from Manchester City and defender Osman Kakay signed from QPR.

Caldwell said: “I think that having come into the club mid-January, it was always going to late when we did our business. I would have preferred to do it earlier but because I didn’t have that time, deadline day was always going to be important for the club and I am delighted with the work that I have done. 

“Reece Brown is a young player with an amazing talent. I had spoken with Gary Rowett at length about him and he is somebody that I am delighted to bring into the club. I am looking forward to seeing him in midfield with the other quality players that we have.

“Osman Kakay is another young player with energy and a real enthusiasm to show how good he is. He has had brief appearances for QPR and is somebody that I have seen and spoken to James Perch about. 

“I wanted to find out about the player and his character and James gave him a great reference. He said that he was a fantastic character who worked extremely hard. It is very important than we bring those types of characters into the club to help the other good players that we have here.” 

On the signing of Frenchman Faupala, Caldwell said: “David Faupala just came up in the afternoon. It wasn’t something that I was expecting, but he is somebody I have seen play a few times for the Under-23s and Manchester City’s first team. 

“He has undoubted quality, his movement and his attacking play is exceptional. It is a big capture for us and I am delighted to bring him to the club and am looking forward to working with him.”

Caldwell's deadline day quartet was completed with the addition of Grimshaw. “This was the last one, the final piece of the jigsaw," he said. "It had been going on all day as he had interest from other clubs, so again we are ecstatic that he has chosen us. 

“He has played in the Championship this season for Preston, which shows the quality that he has as he is able to play at that level. To be able to bring him here is great for everyone, and all in all a very good day's work.”

Caldwell also reflected on the recent departures which freed up some room to manoeuvre in the transfer market, with the transfers involving Gboly Ariyibi and Liam O'Neil following moves for Gary Liddle and Jay O'Shea earlier in the month. “It was hard to let them leave," he said. "I said at the start that nobody will leave the club if they do not want to leave and those players had intimated to me that they would like to leave the club. 

“The right offers came in for them in terms of the finances for us so it was in everyone's best interests that they move on and we all wish them well at their new clubs.

"We have obviously lost some big players and players that the fans look to and enjoyed watching, but I am sure now that they will see a squad in which they can find new favourites. I think that overall the squad is stronger and that was my aim come February 1st. 

“They will see a team that is full of energy and full of enthusiasm for the game, who will play a style of football like we did against Wimbledon.

“Hopefully we can add the goals that get fans off their seats and enjoy coming to watch Chesterfield.”


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