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Smith: "It’s nice to be back"

5 July 2019

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Chesterfield midfielder Jonathan Smith has told Spireites Digital that he is feeling good and stated that he and his teammates have been put through their paces during pre-season training.

“It’s been a tough week,” he explained.

“Rob, the gaffer and Snods (Glynn Snodin) have been working us hard.

“It’s nice weather for it and it’s nice to be back.”

The players came back from their summer breaks last week and Smith claimed that their fitness levels are continuing to improve as they get closer to the pre-season friendlies.

“I feel good,” said Smith.

“There’s a lot of work to be done before the season starts, but we’ve got to keep pushing on.”

The 32-year-old captained the side last campaign and declared that John Sheridan has made a positive impact since coming back to the club, by saying: “He knows his football.

“He’s a very clever manager and set us up so we got some good results.

“That’s all gone now, and now it’s about what we do this season.

“We will take each game at a time and see where we end up.”

Smith was a regular for the Spireites last season after initially signing on loan before signing a permanent deal last November.

However, the midfielder knows that he will have to fight for his place next season.

“To start with it’s to get a place in the starting eleven,” he said.

“There’s a high demand to get the shirt.

“My long-term aim is to get a promotion.

“We all would like a promotion.”

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