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Ramsdale: "It’s a great club."

5 January 2018

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Chesterfield goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale says that he’s excited about spending the rest of the season with the Spireites, having joined on loan from AFC Bournemouth earlier today.

Ramsdale became the club’s fifth signing of the transfer window thus far and is in contention to make his debut in the Sky Bet League Two match with Accrington Stanley tomorrow (3pm).

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Ramsdale said: “I’m very pleased to be here, I’m glad it’s all done now so that I can focus on the game tomorrow.

“Simon Tracey (Chesterfield goalkeeper coach) monitored me for a while and we’ve managed to get it over the line in time for the game and I’m very happy.

“It’s a great club and I know the area, we shouldn’t be in the position that we are, but hopefully we can start climbing the table and get some crucial wins.”

Ramsdale comes to the Proact with a good pedigree, having played a huge part in England U19s’ European Championship glory last summer (starting all five of England’s games) and has since gone on to represent the Three Lions at U20 level.

At club level, he made two appearances for Sheffield United in the FA Cup last season, before joining the Cherries on a permanent deal 12 months ago, training with the likes of experienced professionals Asmir Begovic, Steve Cook and Jermaine Defoe and he admits that he’s received plenty of advice ahead of his Spireites debut.

“There’s a lot of experienced people in the Bournemouth dressing room and they’ve told me to come here, enjoy it and not put too much pressure on myself,” Ramsdale explained.

“I’ll have to adapt to be a league footballer again, the pitches will be different but it’s all part and parcel of football and a challenge that I’m going to enjoy.”

So, what does the Staffordshire-born stopper say are his strengths?

“I’m very determined to win, I’ll do anything to win,” he asserted.

“My distribution is a threat, I can start counter attacks with the ball in my hands and I love to make saves and to be diving about.” 

Ramsdale trained with the Spireites squad for the first time today and was happy to link up once again with familiar faces like Louis Reed, Connor Dimaio and Diego De Girolamo. And he’d love nothing more than to line up alongside them at the Wham Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

“It’s not an unfamiliar dressing room, it was nice to see some familiar faces,” he added. “It was what attracted me to the club.

“I just can’t wait (for the game), to be honest I wish it was today! Hopefully it’ll be a good game tomorrow.”

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