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Dodds: "Everyone knows that it's a big game."

1 February 2018

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New signing Louis Dodds says Saturday’s game against Crawley Town (3pm) is a big game for everyone connected with the club.

Dodds trained with his new team mates for the first time this morning and says that he’s itching to get started in a Spireites shirt.

“Everyone knows that it’s a big game,” he said. “We’re doing a lot of work on that tomorrow after we just had a normal session today, so that everyone could get to know the new lads.

“Tomorrow we’ll be nailing down and trying to get the three points on Saturday.

“The atmosphere here’s very good, if you come into a club that’s near the bottom you expect it to be a lot of chins on chests and not really wanting to work, but everyone’s bright and breezy so that bodes well for the club.” 

Dodds signed for the Spireites on transfer deadline day from Shrewsbury Town on an 18-month contract, after only featuring in eight Sly Bet League One games this season.

And he revealed that despite the club’s league position, he’s excited about the challenge ahead. 

“Some people might say that it’s a bit daunting,” the forward commented. “But it’s a bit exciting as well. I have not played a lot of football, so it feels like a fresh start to me. I literally just can’t wait to get on the pitch. 

“I want to start as many games as I can, score some goals and set some up, I’m chomping at the bit because I was playing a game every six/seven weeks and at my age that’s no good to me, so I need to be playing regularly and hopefully I can do that here.” 

Manager Jack Lester is spoilt for choice in forward positions with Dodds and fellow new signing Jacob Brown competing for places with Kristian Dennis, Gozie Ugwu and Chris O’Grady.  

On the competition for places the former Port Vale man added: “Hopefully we can all play together but if not, ones and twos, hopefully I can get them a few more goals. 

“I’ve known Chris since I was in the youth team at Leicester, so we go back a long way, so I know his strengths. Hopefully I can add to the firepower and get us back up the league.”

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