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Barry: "Everybody here has been so welcoming."

26 June 2017

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Spireites defender Bradley Barry, says that settling in to his new club has been easy, thanks to his new team mates and the coaching staff.

Bradley became the first of the club's seven summer signings last month, when he put pen to paper on a two-year deal following his release from Swindon Town.

The former Brighton and Hove Albion man trained with his new colleagues for the first time last Monday and having been around the squad for a week, he feels very much a part of the family.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Bradley said: “As one of the first summer signing I thought I’d take a while to sync into the environment but I’ve made friends really easily.

“Everybody here has been so welcoming and it has been a nice place to be, especially considering my home is so far away.

“It’s been good to get to know all the boys and the staff; it’s been a good experience for me.”

As is normal during pre-season fitness work has been stepped up gradually, but the training sessions put on by manager Gary Caldwell and his staff have been mixed, with more ball and tactical work also coming into play.

“I’m enjoying every minute of it and I am working very hard,” Barry explained.

“I’ve been working on my fitness and getting a ball back at my feet, covering all the basics which is what you need - especially in this weather!

“The coaches have been brilliant; they’ve drilled the basics back into me and pushed me through my levels and seeing how much they can get out of me.”

Training will continue to be stepped up in the coming days as the Spireites begin their pre-season preparations with a friendly at Sheffield FC on July 4, one that the versatile defender is more than looking forward too.

He added: “I can’t wait to get started in a blue shirt for Chesterfield.

“I’m ready for the first game of pre-season next Tuesday, the first game is always a good one and hopefully we can get into a rhythm.”

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