The Spireites confirmed their second signing of a busy day on Thursday morning as attacking player Zavon Hines arrived from Maidstone United. Upon joining the club Hines commented on how delighted he was to be back in the EFL whilst also revealing why he made the switch
Hines is a former West Ham youth graduate, playing 22 times in the Premier League for them and since then has played right through the leagues, having stints with Coventry City and Burnley in the Championship, whilst also playing for AFC Bournemouth and Bradford City in League One.
The 29-year-old also has League Two experience, but reveals how it's been a lengthy spell away from the EFL. He said: "I'm looking forward to it. It's been a long time since I've played in the Football League. Last season I was at Southend, but I didn't really play that many games but this season I've played a lot of games in the Conference."
Hines, who can play either up front or out wide described his emotions after signing for Chesterfield. "I'm happy - it's a pleasure to be here," he stated. "It was very quick how it came about and hopefully I can repay the faith the gaffer has shown me."
But how exactly did his move to the Proact come about? Hines revealed: "The gaffer [Jack Lester] spoke to one of my old manager's. I was at Maidstone at the time, so I was doing quite well - scoring a few goals and had a few assists - then I got a call saying would I be interested?"
"I've watched the gaffer back when he used to score goals for Chesterfield, so I knew of him - then when he wanted to meet me we sat down, and I loved everything that he wanted to do." Hines explained.
Although Chesterfield have struggled in the league this season, Hines has still been attracted to the club and Lester's way of working, saying: "The way he [Lester] came across and the way he said I could help the team - that's what persuaded me more than anything. Obviously, the position of the club in the league doesn't reflect his ambition so hopefully I just come and help - express myself and be an asset to the team."
As well as having memories of watching his new manager play for the club, he has experiences of playing against the Spireites before. "I played against Chesterfield about three years ago when I was at Dagenham. They were always a passing team which I was impressed by and I think that season they got promoted to League One under Paul Cook.
"I had quite a good game against Chesterfield, so I liked it. The stadium and the atmosphere at that time - it seemed like a good club," Hines recalled.
Playing in the National League for the first half of the season Hines scored six times in 20 appearances for Maidstone before joining the Spireites and told iFollow what his strengths are. "I believe I'm very direct at times - creative as well. I've got a bit of pace and I've got an eye for goal," he expressed.
Speaking ahead of a possible debut against Accrington this weekend Hines concluded: "I'm excited and hopefully I can entertain, and I can bring something to the team that it hasn't got."