Chesterfield captain Ian Evatt, says that he’s been impressed with the club’s new signings so far this summer and expects them to settle in well at the Proact.
Bradley Barry, Scott Wiseman, Joe Anyon and Gozie Ugwu have all joined Chesterfield in recent weeks and Evatt is looking forward to working with them in pre-season.
Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Evatt said: “We’ve done some good business; they’re all good players, simple as that.
“I said in an interview previously that it’s important that after such a bad season and a relegation that we hit the ground running and that’s certainly the target. And I believe that the lads we’ve brought in are going to make us better.”
Much like the Spireites manager Gary Caldwell, Evatt has endured a busy close season, which has included signing a new one-year contract as well as stepping up his efforts to be fit for the new season after a knee injury - suffered against Shrewsbury Town - curtailed his 2016/17 campaign.
He’s pleased to confirm that his rehabilitation has gone well and that he’ll be more than ready for the start of pre-season training on Monday, June 19.
“I was probably fit enough to play the last game of the season at Sheffield United, but it was probably a week to soon for me,” Evatt confirmed.
“I’ve been in pretty much every day over the summer to make sure that I’m fit and ready for the start of the season.
“Things are good at the moment and I’m 100% fit.”
Evatt was speaking at the Community Trust’s ‘Free CFC Soccer School’ which took place at St Mary’s Catholic High School, where he handed out free Chesterfield away shirts to the first 25 participants that booked on to the course and also a signed match worn shirt to the lucky winner of a prize draw.
He even took part in a question and answer session, fielding questions on topics such as training schedules, the best players he’s played against and also the best goal that he’s ever scored.
It made for a fun afternoon and it’s certainly one that Evatt enjoyed.
He added: “It’s always nice to give something back to the community and as captain of the club it’s my duty to do that.
“The Community Trust does a brilliant job with the youngsters to put on sessions so they can learn all about the game and it’s great to see that football in the area is thriving.”