Chesterfield FC have forged a link-up with Catalyst4Soccer, a sports management company based in the north-east.
The company is run by Neil Saxton - whose father Bobby managed the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Plymouth Argyle - and Nick McCreery, who is the son of former Manchester United star David McCreery.
Paul Mitchell, Chesterfield’s head of recruitment/development, said: “They have all age groups and try and feed the players into football clubs when they reach a certain standard.
“Bobby Saxton and David McCreery both get involved with the coaching and as a fellow former Manchester United player, David knows our chief executive, Chris Turner, which has helped to cement the relationship.
“Catalyst4Soccer work with a lot of lads who have been released by clubs and it is a great connection for us in the north-east. They can act as our eyes and ears in the region.
“We hope that, in time, the link-up will bear fruit. You have to keep your eyes open for a gem. The more contacts you make, the better, as far as I am concerned.”
Catalyst4Soccer brought a team to Chesterfield to play against a Spireites XI in a private practice match at the club’s training ground earlier this week.