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Introducing Our New Signings

27 May 2018

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New Spireites boss Martin Allen has enjoyed a busy week in the transfer market, bringing no less than four players to the Proact. Here we take a look at their respective careers to date: -

Shwan Jalal

Goalkeeper Jalal, became Allen’s first signing as Town boss, when he penned a two-year contract with the club on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old, arrives in North Derbyshire with a wealth of experience in both the EFL and National League. Jalal also arrives with a National League winner’s medal having played a huge part in Macclesfield’s title-winning season last time out, where he made 41 appearances and kept 17 clean sheets.

Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Jalal started his career at Tottenham Hotspur in 2002, but he would not go on to make a first team appearance at White Hart Lane. He joined Woking in May 2004, before spells with Peterborough United, Morecambe and AFC Bournemouth – with whom he won promotion to the Championship in 2012/13.

Capped five times by England C between 2005-2006, Jalal has also played for Bury, Wrexham and Northampton Town in his career.

Sam Wedgbury

Central midfielder Wedgbury, became the second signing of the Allen era, when like Jalal he signed for the club on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old had long been on the manager’s radar, and joins the club from Wrexham, where featured 41 times, scoring once in his one season with the Welsh side.

Capable of also playing in defence, Wedgbury’s career began at Worcester City, before a move to Sheffield United in August 2008. Whilst at Bramall Lane, he would have a loan spell with Mansfield Town and also Hungarian side Ferencarvos, for whom he would go on to feature 17 times.

He returned to England in the summer of 2010, and joined Macclesfield Town. Whilst at the Moss Rose, he picked up the club’s Player of the Year award at the end of the 2012/13 season. He would then go on to play for the likes of Altrincham (loan) and Stevenage, before playing 13 times in Forest Green’s promotion winning campaign of 2016/17, including a substitutes appearance in the National League playoff final win at Wembley.

Michael Nelson

Another experienced player, Nelson joined the Spireites on Tuesday and is well known to Allen, whom he played for at Barnet.

The 38-year-old’s career started at Spennymoor United in 1998, before joining Bishop Auckland two-years later. He moved into the football league with Bury in 2000, in total he featured 81 times for the Shakers, scoring eight goals, before he moved to Hartlepool United in 2003 for a fee of £70,000.

He would play over 300 times for Pools, and won promotion to League One in 2006/07. His impressive form then earned him a move to Norwich City in 2009, and the centre half picked up a League One winners medal in 2010. After departing Carrow Road, Nelson featured for Scunthorpe United, Kilmarnock (where he won the Scottish League Cup), Bradford City, Hibernian and Cambridge United.

He joined Barnet in the summer of 2015, and in total would make over 100 appearances for the Bees, with his last coming against the Spireites on May 5.

Curtis Weston

Another player well known to the manager, Weston became our fourth signing of the week on Thursday.

Like Nelson, Weston featured under Allen at Barnet with his last appearance coming in the Bees 3-0 win over Town on the final day of the 2017/18 season.

Weston’s career started with Millwall in the 2003/04 season and culminated with an appearance in the 2004 FA Cup final against Manchester United at the Millenium Stadium. His appearance as a substitute for Dennis Wise meant he became the youngest player to play in a final, at the age of 17 years and 119 days, a record that still stands to this day.

The midfielder joined Swindon Town in 2006, and had then Leeds United the following year, while at Elland Road, he was loaned out to both Scunthorpe United and Gillingham. He joined the Gills permanently in 2008, scoring 19 goals in 167 appearances. He picked up a League One playoff winners medal in 2009.

Weston won the National League with Barnet in 2015 under Allen’s stewardship, and scored 24 goals in 225 matches for the Bees.

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