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Maguire: "It was good for me to have that game time and experience."

23 March 2017

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Spireites defender Laurence Maguire, believes that his loan spell with AFC Fylde was just what he needed.

Maguire returned to the Proact earlier this week, after spending a month with the Vanarama National League North leaders, and was very grateful for the experience.

He said: “It was really good, I played six games while I was there, so I got the experience that I needed.

“They are flying at the top of the league, so it was really good for me to have that game time and experience.”

During his time in Lancashire, Maguire more than played his part, as Fylde were unbeaten and moved 11 points clear at the top of the table. 

Their good form certainly justified Maguire’s belief that it was right move for him.

“I learned a lot,” the 20-year old said. “It’s obviously different to league football but Fylde try to play football, which is what I like, and as soon as I knew they were interested in me, I wanted to go and get some game time. 

“I Okayed it with the manager and the staff here and they told me to go and enjoy it, and to come back and be prepared to be involved here at Chesterfield.

“Fylde were very good to me, it’s a very good club and I can see that they will be going places, they do everything correctly in terms of cool downs and recovery’s, just like a professional club.

“It’s definitely a club on the up, and they made me feel very welcome, I made a lot of friends there.” 

And while he was away from the Proact, staff at the club were always in touch with him to check on his progress.

Maguire explained: “After each game I spoke to Ritchie Humphreys – he always wanted to know how I’d gone on  - and he was a great help for me as he’s been there and done it.

“Mark Smith (academy manager) came to watch me against Gainsborough Trinity, I spoke to him afterwards and he gave me some good feedback. 

“It’s good to know that people are always watching you when you’re out on loan.” 

Maguire is now back training with the first team, and has set his sights on adding to his nine appearances for the Spireites.

“Hopefully now that I’m back I can get some more games under my belt, show what I can do and be here for next year,” he added.

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