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In focus: Liam Mandeville

9 June 2019

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Liam Mandeville became the Spireites’ second signing of the summer after putting pen to paper on a two-year deal after his release from Doncaster Rovers.

The forward was involved at the Doncaster academy from his mid-teens and progressed through the youth teams before he was handed his first professional contract at the end of 2014.

He showcased his talents regularly in the U18s and development sides, showing a keen eye for goal and plenty of skill on the ball.

Doncaster gave Mandeville his first taste of professional football when they called him up to the first team for a game against Bradford City in April 2015.

The striker came off the bench for the last five minutes of the match in a 3-0 loss, but it wasn’t until the next season that he was to score his first goal.

He found the net with a curled finish against Walsall in February 2016 to notch his first strike in professional football.

The 2016/17 season was a successful one for the then 20-year-old forward, scoring an impressive ten goals in all competitions in a promotion winning term for the Rovers.

He claimed the EFL Young Player of the Month for November, after going on a streak of scoring four goals in three games in the League that month.

One particular goal of note from that season was at home to Grimsby Town as he curled a spectacular free-kick into the top left corner, which ended up being the decisive goal on the day.

For the second half of the next campaign, Mandeville joined League Two side Colchester United on loan. However, he only made seven appearances without scoring during his spell at the JobServe Community Stadium.

Last season he was loaned out once again, this time to Morecambe. Mandeville’s four goals and ten assists helped Morecambe steer way clear of the League Two relegation zone and finish in a respectable 18th position.

This summer the 22-year-old’s deal at Doncaster Rovers came to an end which meant he was available on a free transfer.

It was announced last Wednesday that Chesterfield had signed Mandeville on a two-year deal and it was clear to see that manager John Sheridan had a big part to play in his decision to move to the Proact, as he said after signing: “We had a good chat and I liked what I heard. It's an excellent set-up and I’m looking forward to it.”

The striker was highly regarded during his spell with Doncaster so the Spireites supporters will be eager to see how the 22-year-old performs come August.


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