New Chesterfield signing Curtis Weston hailed the influence of manager Martin Allen as he joined the club on a free transfer yesterday.
Weston played under Allen at Barnet last season, and was also a key part of the Bees squad that won the 2014/15 National League title, so he’s well placed to talk of the Spireites boss’ qualities.
“I came up this way to play for him because he’s a good coach,” Weston told iFollow. “I’ve won a championship with him before and I want to do the same again, I want to win and I’ve come here to do that.
“I can’t wait (to get going) and we need all of the fans to get behind us, so we can kick on, and with some of the players he’s going to be bringing in, I’m really excited, because there are some good players who will hopefully be coming in.
“He seems to know how to get the best out of players, he treats everyone differently and helps to get their best out of them, a big part of me coming up here is to play for him, he’s a winner and that’s important for me, because I’m the same.”
So what are his strengths and how did the move come about?
“I’m a box to box midfielder, and I think that’s what the gaffer likes about me, I put a shift in and always give 100 per cent, I’ll be looking to do that here as well,” Weston explained.
“I’d been talking to the club for a few days, and it feels really good to get the deal done and to come up here and see the stadium and the setup, I’ve never played here (at the Proact) before, as I was injured the last time I could’ve played here, I’m really looking forward to it.”
The 31-year-old who’s taken in the likes of Millwall – where he became the youngest player to have played in an FA Cup final in 2004 – Swindon Town, Leeds United and Gillingham during his career, knows the value of experience and now he wants to utilise that in North Derbyshire as the Spireites seek an immediate return to the EFL.
He said: “I’ve experienced it in this league before, and I’ve won it so I know how to get out of it. So I’m hoping to bring that experience with me and help the club get back to where it should be.
“It’ll be tough, there’s tough places to go, we’re going to have one of the best stadiums here, but it can be done.
“With the players that I’ve heard are coming in and with what he’s done already we’re going to have a strong squad and I’m very confident of being able to get out of the league.”