Chesterfield goalkeeper coach Matt Duke, is relishing the return of pre-season and in particular working with a new set of goalkeepers.
Duke was speaking ahead of the first team’s return to training next Monday, June 19, where he will working closely with long-serving goalkeeper Tommy Lee and new signing Joe Anyon and he expects the level of competition for the number one spot to be very high next season.
He said: “I’m looking forward to working with them all, it’s a fresh start and we’re in to come back stronger after last season.
“I know bits about Joe having played against him a few times and obviously we’ve watched him and spoken to people about him and had good reports back regarding him.
“He now has a chance to come back and play football and he may get that chance here. And with Tommy coming back we’ll have two very good senior goalkeepers to choose from.
“It’ll be nice to have Tommy back as he missed all of last season, he was a big loss to the team everybody knows that.”
Another Spireites goalkeeper, Dylan Parkin, will join Anyon and Lee having signed his first professional contract with the club in April.
Parkin regularly trained with the first team last season, while he also appeared as an unused substitute on 10 occasions and Duke feels that his development will be further enhanced during the new campaign.
“It’ll be new for Dylan to come back in and train with the first team, it’ll be a little bit tougher than what he’s used to,” he added.
“We’ll be trying to blend him into that and get him up to scratch for first team level and maybe get him some games and see how he develops.
“There’ll be a bit of goalkeeping work to break them in gently next week and it will get tougher as time goes on, as the season approaches we’ll crank it down a little bit, but by that time they’ll be good to go.”