Sam Wedgbury returned to action for the Spireites in Saturday’s pre-season friendly at Staveley Miners Welfare, after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The midfielder played just over an hour, in an end to end affair which finished 4-4 and he was delighted to get some minutes back out on the pitch.
“It’s been the longest twelve months of my life,” he explained.
“To be a part of the dressing room was more than enough for me today.
“To get 60 minutes in my first game back after a serious injury, I’m over the moon.”
The 30-year-old has been able to partake in a full pre-season training schedule since recovering from injury and after Saturday’s game, he was full of praise when talking about his first pre-season under John Sheridan.
“It’s been really enjoyable,” said Wedgbury.
“The footballs are out every day, we work hard and obviously we have all the stats and everything, but the gaffer played at a good level and he knows what the players want.”
Youngsters Levi Amantchi and Jack Holmes were on the scoresheet against Staveley and the midfielder was very positive when asked about the academy graduates after the game, by saying: “I think they’re good. They’re good players and they’re training with us every day.
“Obviously, they’re going to make mistakes and they’re learning every day and we’ve got some good, experienced pros now in the dressing room that can help them kick on.
“Age doesn’t matter if you’re good enough you play and that’s what we need, these young lads pushing us.”
After nearly a year out, the midfielder finished off by stating that he wants to get minutes under his belt during pre-season and to compete with the club’s other midfielders for a starting spot.
“Yeah, I want to compete, hopefully by the time the season comes, I can be in contention,” he said.
“We’ve got a lot of good players this year and there’s a lot of good midfielders, and I wouldn’t be disrespectful expecting to start straight away.
“I’ll work and I’ll be a good egg around the place because I want to get the club back in the Football League.”