Captain Sam: I like to encourage my team-mates

Chesterfield Players pictured training at Derbyshire's  Chatsworth House'Pictures Steve Parkin 'Sam Hird
Chesterfield Players pictured training at Derbyshire's Chatsworth House'Pictures Steve Parkin 'Sam Hird

There was relief all round when it was announced that Sam Hird would be fit to play at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

For there were fears that the Spireites may have had to kick off their League Two campaign with their new skipper on the side lines.

The Blues No 6 has looked increasingly commanding since his arrival but there was a setback on Tuesday in the 2-1 Capital One Cup home defeat against Tranmere.

Hird, formerly with Doncaster, had played a big part in keeping the League One side at bay but he hobbled off in the 76th minute with what looked like a painful leg injury.

However, it was nothing serious and Hird will be good to go this weekend.

He said: “I went off as a precaution. My calf locked up and I did not want to pull it and put myself out of action to two or three weeks.’’

Hird is partnering Neal Trotman in the centre of the Chesterfield defence and the team captain knows their partnership on the field will continue to develop.

He said: “We’ve not played many matches together but we are starting to gell.

”We did not play well against Tranmere but I am confident that we can go to Wimbledon and come away with three points.’’

Hird also hopes to feature on the scoresheet this season.

He said: “Of course, I’m there mainly to stop goals going in. We do need to be tight at the back, and that is the main aim. But I do like to go up for corners and set pieces.’’

Hird was delighted and proud to be given the captain’s armband and his ambition is to lead Chesterfield FC into League One.

He said: “I’m known as a talkative person and I like to talk to my team-mates during games. I want to encourage them and help keep them on their toes but I’m not the sort to rant and rave. I like to give information that is beneficial.

“I’m a Doncaster lad and it was good to play for them. I was in the team for in the play-off final at Wembley when Doncaster beat Leeds United to win a place in the Championship. That was the highlight of my career so far.

“I was ready for a new chapter in my career and the move to the Proact Stadium provided that. I hope I can create more highlights with Chesterfield FC.

“Promotion is our ambition. We are under no illusions but we will be working hard towards that goal.’’