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Caldwell: "Everyone’s looking forward to the first pre-season friendly."

4 July 2017

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Spireites boss Gary Caldwell says that he, his staff and the Chesterfield squad are more than ready for tonight's first pre-season friendly match with Sheffield FC (7.30pm).

Caldwell’s men have been back in training for over two weeks and their fitness levels will be further enhanced with three pre-season games this week, starting with the trip to the Coach and Horses Ground this evening.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow Caldwell said: “I think it’s nice to get back into games, we’ve done all the work we need to in terms of running and physicality.

"Everyone’s looking forward to the first pre-season friendly, but it’s only the first game so we need to take it step by step and we’ve done everything we need to in terms of attack and defence.”

The manager admitted that the majority of the squad will be playing around 45 minutes each tonight and is pleased to report a clean bill of health ahead of the game.

“We’ll be looking more at the performance in terms of how the players play,” he explained. “We’re going to be mixing it up - fielding a new side each half”

"They’ve all applied themselves really well and with the pre-season training - they’re all looking fit and well to start.

“There’s been a couple of niggles but no one’s missed a full day of training so far.”

One player who is not expected to feature is new signing Chris O’Grady.

The striker joined his new team mates for the first time yesterday and Caldwell has confirmed that he will be undertaking his own pre-season programme during his first fortnight with the club.

He added: “We’re delighted to get Chris in and working with his new team mates, although he’s been on an individual programme, he’s been training and warming up with the main squad.

“They’re working as quickly as they can to integrate him into the team but it’ll probably take a week to 10 days.”

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