Spireites defender Bradley Barry says that even though his first few months at the club have been eventful, he’s loving every minute at the Proact.
Barry became the club’s first summer signing in May and since putting pen to paper he’s had time out injured, a sending off and a change of manager.
The former Swindon Town man returned to action at Rotherham United on Tuesday, completing 90 minutes as the Spireites won 2-1 in the Checkatrade Trophy and he now wants to make up for lost time.
He said: “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, it’s given me a new experience moving away from home and meeting a new bunch of lads.
“No player wants to be sitting out, you have to do the right things off the pitch. That’s what I did when I was suspended and when I was injured. It’s been frustrating, but when I’ve played I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
“Every player has a moment, when I watched it back [the sending off] I was thinking it’s silly, I had to apologise to the boys, now it’s my time to come back in and make sure I do everything right.”
Barry was brought in by former manager Gary Caldwell and admits he was sorry to see the Scot depart the club, but is aware of the need to remain professional.
“That’s the way football is,” he remarked. “Sometimes you’ve just got to adapt, he [new manager Jack Lester] was a big player for this club.
“I’ve got to adapt to the way he wants to play and the gaffer believes in me, he chose me on Tuesday night and I feel that all the boys are adapting well.
“It makes you work harder and knowing that you’ve got to impress yourself upon the new manager. Everybody starts to work harder and up their game a bit more, with new faces around the place you have to impress and it showed on Tuesday night, we were more solid and worked more as a unit and I think that it’s working.”
So, what has Lester brought to the training ground?
“Energy is the main thing,” Barry said. “We’re a fit group but you can be fit and lazy and he wants every player to be in the oppositions faces, training has been very hard but we’ve not been out of our depth, he knows what we can do and that’s the main thing.
“You need a bit of variety with formations and don’t need to have just one because sometimes it doesn’t work and you need to change.
“The manager wants us to be more solid and we’re getting to grips with it, it gives the full backs more freedom and he still wants us to play football, but not to take any risks and be clever.”
Barry admitted that Tuesday’s win has given the Spireites dressing room a huge lift going into the match with Lincoln City on Saturday (3pm) and he wants the team pick up from where they left off in South Yorkshire.
He added: “Tuesday is done now and we have to move on to Saturday, it’s another tough opposition we’ll be facing but we’ve got the team to get a result.
“We know what we’re good at and what we’re bad at, we’re upping our game now and realise that was good on Tuesday has to be taken into Saturday.”