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Dodds: "I just want to get on the pitch."

31 January 2018

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New signing Louis Dodds hailed the influence of Spireites boss Jack Lester after he put pen to paper on an 18-month contract earlier today.

Dodds joined the Spireites from Sky Bet League One side Shrewsbury Town and revealed that once he had spoken to Lester, there was no hesitation in making the move to North Derbyshire.

Speaking to iFollow, the Sheffield-born forward said: “I’m delighted. I spoke to the manager a couple of days ago and he really sold it to me and I just want to get on the pitch now and start showing people what I can do.

“He said he likes the way I play and it’s a massive thing when someone says they like you and want you. It makes you feel a little bit special and you want to come here and repay the favour.”

Dodds came through the Leicester City academy but failed to make a first-team appearance before signing for Port Vale in 2008, where he spent eight years and scored 56 goals in 332 appearances, before signing for Shrewsbury in 2016.

The 31-year-old explained: “I like to create things and get in the little pockets and get shots away and thread people in – I’m not trying to make myself sound like Lionel Messi! – but I enjoy attacking and I like playing people through and working really hard.”

Throughout his career, Dodds has played at the Proact numerous times and has first-hand experience of how difficult it can be to win at the stadium.

“If I’m honest, I haven’t got great memories as it’s always been a tough place to come and the most we’ve got is a point, so I’ll be hoping to sort that record out here," he commented. "It’s always been a tough place to come and I hope that continues when I’m in a Chesterfield shirt.”

Dodds is in contention to make his Spireites debut at the Proact on Saturday against Crawley Town.

He added: “I can’t wait. It will be my debut so hopefully I get the nod and start and I’m just looking forward to it. It’s a massive game for the club and hopefully we can get three points.”

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