Chesterfield captain Ian Evatt, declared himself pleased at returning to the Spireites starting XI in the 4-1 win over Sheffield FC last night.
Evatt opened the scoring in the 14th minute at the Coach and Horses Stadium, in what was his first appearance for the Spireites since suffering a season-ending knee injury against Shrewsbury Town in March.
“It’s great to be back, having missed the last eight weeks of the last season,” he told iFollow.
“I feel fit, the lads looked great in the first half, and it was great to get on the end of something early on.
“We’ve had a tough two weeks, we’ve been training and pushing our limits, a couple of the boys got a bit leggy towards the end.
“But you can see the things and ways that the gaffer is implementing on us and how this is affecting our playing style, in the way that we were playing the ball, so all in all we’ve had a positive outcome from the situation.”
Evatt featured alongside new signings Joe Anyon, Bradley Barry, Scott Wiseman and Gozie Ugwu in the first half of the match, while academy graduates Jay Smith, Joe Rowley and Charlie Wakefield also played their part.
He commented: “The changing room has been really positive, I can only speak highly of all the new signings.
“The most important thing for me is that we all get on well and that the players are positive.
“It’s great to see the youth team players coming through the ranks, they are the future of this football club and it’s brilliant to see that the coaches are doing their jobs by taking them in as young talents and developing them on to become first team players.”
Following a busy summer of rehabilitation and training, Evatt will step up his preparations for the upcoming Sky Bet League Two campaign, by taking part in the club’s next matches against Matlock Town on Thursday (7.30pm) and Buxton on Friday (7.30pm).
And the former Derby County defender wants the feel-good factor to continue.
He added: “I’m delighted to be having a great start to the pre-season, after a frustrating end to last season; I’ve pushed myself all summer long, and not really given myself a day off.
“I’m ready and raring to go.”