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Coke: "I want to help the club."

1 February 2018

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Giles Coke has expressed his delight at joining the Spireites until the end of the season, declaring: “I can’t wait to play and enjoy my football again."

Coke who hasn’t played competitively for over 20 months, due to a long-term injury, spoke exclusively to iFollow following his move this morning. “It’s brilliant,” he said. “It’s been a tough 20 months for me but to get it sorted now I’m really happy and can’t wait.

“I know I’ve been injured for a long time, I’ve got to come back and stay fit and play as many games as I can and that’s what I want to try and do, I want to help the club.”

Coke who has also had spells at Mansfield Town, Motherwell and Sheffield Wednesday during his career is familiar with a couple of the current squad.

He said: “If you’ve seen me play I always give 100%, I’m a bit of a leader on the pitch and I just give it my all. I know a couple of the boys, they’ve made me feel very welcome.”

Chesterfield, sit one point above the Sky Bet League Two relegation places and he says that he’s surprised at the Spireites’ league position.

The London-born midfielder remarked: “I’m very confident (of climbing the table), you can see that we’ve got a good squad and in my opinion, we shouldn’t be down the bottom, but we are, and we’ve got to all dig in together and we’ve got 16 games left – they’re all cup finals – we have to give it our all and push up the league.”

Despite his long-term injury lay off, Coke has thanked his family and friends for their support and believes without them he might not have had the opportunity to play football again.

 “I’m back now, I feel fit, obviously match fitness will come with games. I feel good with my injury it took along time to get it right, a lot of ups and a lot of downs, I had good family around me, my missus was there for me the whole time and the kids, without them I don’t know if I would still be playing football.” He continued: “My brother was a big part of pushing me and keeping me mentally strong as well.”

Giles is in contention to make his Spireites debut against Crawley Town (3pm) on Saturday and is excited at the possibility of making his return to the pitch.  

The former Bury man said: “It would be amazing, it’s been a really tough time for me and my family and to put a shirt back on will be a really good feeling for myself.”


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