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Boss looking forward to FA Trophy tie

1 February 2019

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When addressing the media ahead of Saturday’s FA Trophy fixture against Brackley Town, John Sheridan began Thursday’s press conference by stating how pleased he is to see Scott Boden return to the club.

“Obviously I know Scott through when I was last here and when we were at Newport,” said the boss.

“I know what he’s about. He’s got a good goals record in the lower leagues.

“He knows how I work, so hopefully he’s going to come in and add to what I’ve got.

“It’s a good move for us and it’s a good move for Scott. He only lives in Sheffield so I like players being close to home, I think they are happier.

“He’s made his desire to come here well known, so I’m very pleased to get him.”

Laurence Maguire put pen to paper on a new two-and-a-half-year deal with the club earlier in the week.

Sheridan explained that the defender signing a new contract is positive news for the club, by saying: “He’s a good young player. Very pleased that he has signed, obviously I haven’t worked with him too much because he’s been injured and he’s just coming back.

“He’s got pedigree with his brother, so it’s down to Laurence to work hard and hopefully he likes the way I work.”

Maguire along with wide midfielder Charlie Carter are close to returning from long term injuries, and both were training on the pitch during the pre-match warm-up last weekend.

During Thursday’s pre-match press conference Sheridan put forward that the pair are close to getting back to full fitness, but are unlikely to feature against Brackley.

“We had a bit of a game on the pitch the other day, Charlie and Laurence played. It was between ourselves but it was eleven versus eleven so it was a good game,” said Sheridan.

“It’s important to try and get them into the match tempo as quickly as we can.

“We’ve just got to be careful with them because they have both been out for a long time but they are back in full training.”

Marc-Antoine Fortune and Bradley Barry limped off with hamstring issues during last Saturday’s goalless draw against Barrow.

However, the Chesterfield boss gave a positive injury update on the duo, by explaining: “I don’t think they are as bad as we first thought, which is good news.

“But you’ve got to be very careful with hamstring injuries.

“They are two good players and they both started for me last weekend, but it gives someone else a chance.”

It was confirmed on Tuesday that teenage striker Luke Rawson will join Sheffield FC for a loan spell.

The forward featured in the first team during John Pemberton’s caretaker spell in charge, however, Sheridan thought the move would be beneficial for the 17-year-old.

“Just game time really. There’s nothing better than playing games and I think it’s better for him to play men’s football,” said the Chesterfield boss.

“Just before I came in I know he had a bit of a spell and did well. It’ll do him the world of good.

“He’s played at youth team level and now he has to make the step up.”

The Chesterfield manager finished off by looking ahead to Saturday’s FA Trophy tie at home to current holders Brackley.

Although the Northamptonshire club compete in the league below the Spireites, Sheridan was quick to ensure that his side won’t be taking the fixture lightly.

“I’ve said before it’s a chance to get to Wembley so you never put the competition down,” he stated.

“If you’ve got a chance at playing at Wembley we take it very seriously and I’m taking it seriously.

“If you’re a player then there is nothing better than if you’ve got an opportunity to play in a Wembley final.

“We are going to put a strong team out to hopefully get us through the tie.”

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