New signing Chris O’Grady believes he will benefit from finding a permanent home at Chesterfield after a nomadic few years.
The experienced striker signed a two-year contract at the Proact on Thursday morning after coming to the end of a three-year spell at Brighton & Hove Albion.
With his family unable to settle on the south coast, O’Grady returned north for spells on loan at Sheffield United, Nottingham Forest and Burton Albion, making 26 appearances in the Championship for the latter club last season.
He is now relishing the prospect of moving closer to his Nottingham roots. “I’ve not had a permanent base for the past three years so I’m looking forward to being settled as a family with a permanent home and hopefully this can reflect through my football,” said the 31-year-old.
“I’ve come to realise how having a settled family life influences players on the field as well as at home. I’m very pleased. The interest and the atmosphere as I’m walking round the club makes me happy to be here.
“It’s the type of club and project that is just perfect for me. The club is too big to be in this division and the objective now for all of us as a team is to get back in League One and then build on that."
Having previously played for Barnsley, Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday, as well as the Blades, O’Grady is very familiar with the region and that clearly influenced his decision to join the Spireites.
“The opportunity to come to the area where I have played some of the best football in my career felt right,” admitted the player who has scored just short of 100 goals in his career.
“If I can replicate the sort of performances from when I was playing in the Yorkshire area, then I will be fine and I should be able to contribute towards the club and hopefully give it something special this season.”