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Ugwu: "It was an exciting journey on the way down here."

1 June 2017

New Spireites signing Gozie Ugwu, says that he can’t wait to get started for his new club.

The striker joined the club from non-league Woking last week and is grateful for the chance to prove himself in the EFL.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, he said: “I’m delighted, it was an exciting journey on the way down here and I’m happy to get it done.

“I’ve known there was interest in me from Chesterfield as well as a few other clubs, but as time went on Chesterfield stood up for me.”

The striker was a wanted man after scoring 19 goals in 37 National League appearances last season and Chesterfield acted quickly to secure his services.

And he revealed that manager Gary Caldwell along with a former Spireites winger helped to convince him to make the move to North Derbyshire.

Ugwu said: “I spoke to the manager and from there I pretty much knew what my decision would be.

“I’ve also spoken to a few people who have been here including Gboly Ariyibi and he had nothing but good things to say about the club.”

The former Reading academy player hopes this move will bring a period of stability to his career, after spells with eight senior level clubs.

“I would say last season at Woking was the first time I’ve had a season where I’ve been able to play regularly since I was at Reading,” the striker added.

“It’s been hard, but it’s one of those where you’ve got to just keep motivated as well as determined because each season’s different.

“It’s what I aimed to do when I first dropped out the league and it’s just about progression now. I’ve taken one step forward and I need to progress and keep moving forward.”

As the accomplished non-league striker looks to make the step up a division, he can draw on the experience of fellow forward Kristian Dennis.

After scoring 29 goals for Macclesfield in the 2015/16 campaign, Dennis made the step up two divisions last season and finished as the Spireites’ top goal scorer with 10 goals.

“It can be done,” Ugwu explained. “It just goes to show the players that do come from non-league are usually hungry, they’re looking to score goals and I’m definitely one of them.

“I’m quick, I can go in behind, I can play with my back to goal, I can mix it up. I like to play good football or if the manager wants to go long I can play that way as well.”

And with his contract signed, Ugwu is very much looking forward to joining up with the squad when they return to pre-season training.

He added: “I’m happy to get it done this early in the break; it gives me time to focus towards next season.

“I’m hoping to have a good pre-season and I’m looking to have a good season with the team.”


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