Chesterfield: Chris Herd wants extended Spirites stay

Chris Herd
Chris Herd

Chesterfield midfielder Chris Herd is determined to extend his stay at the Proact beyond January.

The 26-year-old signed a contract until January when joining the Spireites in September, a deal which contained the option of an extension until the end of the season.

After featuring in Chesterfield’s strong recent run and battling back to full fitness after years of injury hell, the former Aston Villa midfielder is keen to stick around with Dean Saunders’ side.

“I have a contract that runs to January with an option to extend that for the rest of the season, so I hope to stay at least until then,” Herd said. “I just want to play as many games as possible.

“I’m really enjoying it here, the manager is great, I love playing in the centre of midfield and I’m getting back into the rhythm of playing regularly again.”

Herd has formed a strong partnership in the heart of midfield with skipper Sam Morsy, earning a reputation as a pair of battlers. Herd is one booking away from suspension while Morsy has already served one ban for five bookings and is just two yellow cards off a second enforced rest.

Chesterfield are on a run of four consecutive away wins as they head to Port Vale this weekend with Herd starting each game.

Behind Herd and Morsy, loanee Richard Wood and Ian Evatt are expected to continue in the central defensive roles though ex-Vale ace Charlie Raglan is pushing for a recall.

Drew Talbot and another former Vale man Dan Jones appear set to keep their places, as do front men Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Lee Novak.

Saunders will be examining his options wide of Herd and Morsy. League ever-presents Dan Gardner and Jay O’Shea are the incumbents but Rai Simons and Gboly Ariyibi have been impressive when they’ve had the opportunities to contribute and their pace on the wide open spaces of Vale Park could put them into contention for a start.

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