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Caldwell Delighted to Land Long-term Target

30 June 2017

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Manager Gary Caldwell has spoken of his delight at finally signing Chris O'Grady after being on the striker's trail for some time.

After securing O'Grady on a two-year deal, Caldwell said: “I’m delighted to have signed Chris. It’s been a long time coming and taken a lot of hard work from everyone here in the football club.

“I’ve got to thank the owners and the club for finding the funds to bring in such a quality striker - one that was playing in the Championship last season at that - and entice him to League Two football.

“He is somebody that I’ve had my eyes on for a long time and I've seen him play in a lot of games. In my second game as a manager we played against him for Brighton and we had discussions after the game with Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood about possibly bringing him to Wigan that summer."

Caldwell believes that the 31-year-old will be a valuable asset as the Spireites look to bounce back following the disappointment of relegation. 

“He will definitely bring lots of physicality and experience," said Caldwell. “His physicality is brilliant. I believe if you have a team with a physical striker then it gives it gives you great options.

"He brings competition to an already exciting front line, providing me with plenty of different options. He’s coming into a front-line with lots of different attributes and this will benefit the other forwards too, hopefully boosting their potential.

“He’s someone I’m sure the fans will look forward to coming to watch play next season."

O'Grady's belief in the manager's vision for the club and his desire to help Chesterfield return to League One clearly made an impression on Caldwell. “When I first spoke to Chris over the phone and when I first met him, he seemed keen on coming to the club.

"He was buying into what we were trying to do and it's great that he showed that commitment to come here from very early on. We've seen how happy he was to sign and he's looking forward to getting in and amongst his new team-mates.”

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