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Crossley on Drew Talbot retirement and pre-season

12 July 2019

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After announcing his retirement on Thursday, Spireites favourite Drew Talbot was praised by his former teammate Mark Crossley who described the versatile footballer as “a player that everybody loves”.

“He’s a great lad, I’ve always got on well with Drew, it’s a shame that he has had to retire,” he said.

Even before joining the Chesterfield in 2009, he had a League One play-off triumph and goal under his belt with Sheffield Wednesday. Talbot went on to win the League Two title twice in his career, both times with Chesterfield.

The converted full-back played over 350 games in his career, despite being troubled by injuries dating back to his time as a young striker.

Crossley blamed injuries as the cause of the 32-year-old’s retirement, by explaining: “Drew has suffered from injuries for a while now.

“Sometimes your body tells you that you’ve got to stop, and that’s what has happened with Drew.

“The main thing is that you look after your body and your body is right for future years, there’s a lot of years after football so you’ve got to be careful.”

Recently it has been announced that Talbot will stay on as a club ambassador and has been offered the opportunity of a testimonial.

Crossley stated that he is pleased that his former teammate will continue to be involved with the club.

“To keep him involved it’s a great gesture from the club,” said the goalkeeping coach.

 “It’s great for him. He’s the type of player that every manager wants in your team because he always gives 110% and if he does that in his ambassadorial role that’s great.”

Despite having limited game time together, Talbot and Crossley have shared some great memories during their time with the Spireites:

The 50-year-old reminisced about those moments by saying: “From my time here, winning League Two and going on and winning the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy as well at Wembley, that was a special day.

“They’re the special memories.”

After being recruited over the summer, Crossley has settled in at the club and has been putting the goalkeepers through their paces over pre-season.

As the Spireites head into their first friendly fixture at Staveley on Saturday, he declared that pre-season training has been hard going for the players.

“It’s been tough, as pre-season is and should be but they all have worked extremely hard and I’ve been pleased with what I’ve seen so far,” he said.

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