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Caldwell: "We’re still looking."

12 July 2017

Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell says that he still hopes to bring more new players to the Proact over the coming weeks.

Midfielders Jak McCourt and Louis Reed have both arrived at the club in the last few days, taking the number of new signings this summer to 10, a figure that could increase before the opening game of the season with Grimsby Town.

“We’re still looking,” Caldwell explained.

“Myself, Guy (head of recruitment and development, Guy Branston) and Ashley (director and company secretary Ashley Carson) are in constant dialogue.

“If somebody becomes available that we can afford, then we’ll be ready to bring them to the club.

“Everybody we’ve brought in so far has made the team better and we’ll continue to try and do that.”

Reed arrived at the Proact on Tuesday, to finalise a season-long loan deal from Sheffield United, before flying out to join the squad on their pre-season training camp in Spain and Portugal, arriving in time to watch the closing stages of the 0-0 draw with Benfica B.

A player with good pedigree having made 59 appearances for the Blades along with representing England at youth level, Caldwell was naturally very happy to have brought him to the Proact.

He said: “He’s another quality footballer who’ll give us options in midfield to play in different ways, I’m delighted that we managed to get him yesterday evening, that he’s flew straight out and going to be part of the squad.

“For him to have that opportunity to spend time out here, meet his team mates is really important, we’re glad we’ve got him over for it.

“He’s come from a great club and a manager who likes to get his players really fit, so I’m sure he’ll be able to help us straight away.”

Meanwhile, former Northampton Town midfielder McCourt made his first Spireites start in the match with Benfica B, captaining the side in the second half.

While the move to give a new signing the armband early on his new career may be a surprise to some it wasn’t to the former Scotland international, who explained his reasons for doing so.

“He’s technically a good footballer who passes and receives the ball well,” added Caldwell.

“Tonight you’ve seen the other side of his game where he can be aggressive. He’s an excellent talker, he communicates in midfield and passes good information on.

“He has that understanding in his game, which for a young player is very good and it’s that part of his game that will be a big plus for us.”


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