Chesterfield have pulled off a major transfer coup with the signing of experienced striker Chris O’Grady.
The 31-year-old, whose previous clubs include Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United and Barnsley, joins the Spireites after leaving Premiership newcomers Brighton & Hove Albion. He made 26 appearances in the Championship last season while on loan at Burton Albion.
After signing a two-year deal, O’Grady said: “It’s the type of club and the type of project that is just perfect for me. The objective is to get the club back to where it belongs, in League One.
“I just want to enjoy my football and I’m thankful for the opportunity. I had other offers but Chesterfield were the first to come in for me and it just felt right. For the club to reach out to me and make it clear that they wanted me meant a lot.”
Director & company secretary Ashley Carson is delighted to have secured the Nottingham-born player. He said: “This probably represents the biggest financial outlay on a player in the history of the club. The signing of a player of this calibre is a real statement of intent.
“We have pulled out all the stops to sign Chris and I’d like to thank the owner, Dave Allen, for providing the necessary financial support to enable us to do the deal.
“We have other transfer targets in mind, but much will depend on season ticket sales. I would urge supporters who have been thinking about buying a season ticket to do so in order to enable us to bring in further quality players.”