Chesterfield FC keen to get young keeper experience

Aaron Chapman in action for the Spireites after his summer move from Belper Town by Tina Jenner
Aaron Chapman in action for the Spireites after his summer move from Belper Town by Tina Jenner

Aaron Chapman could follow in the footsteps of Jimmy Ryan and Jamie Devitt by extending his stay at Chesterfield.

The goalkeeper, who arrived at the Proact Stadium in the summer from Derbyshire neighbours Belper Town, is yet to make a league appearance for the Spireites.

The 23-year-old signed an initial one-year contract - his first professional deal - yet Chesterfield manager Paul Cook hinted that he could be in line for an extension.

Cook brought in Ian Dunbavin for goalkeeping cover at the beginning of January, on a month’s loan from Accrington Stanley, in the hope of getting Chapman out on loan to aid his development.

The keeper has spent this week at Premiership side Everton to help his progress.

Cook said: “He (Chapman) is a very good keeper who needs to get a CV behind him.

“The quicker we can get him out on loan, which is proving a bit troublesome, the better for Aaron. We thought he’d be out by now as people can see with Ian coming in.”

Chapman played the full 90 minutes and kept a clean sheet as a Chesterfield X1 thrashed Long Eaton United 7-0 recently in the third round of the Derbyshire Senior Cup.

Cook outlined his vision for Chapman once he has got some first team experience under his belt out on loan.

“One day,” he added. “Progressing into the first team, albeit very difficult when you’ve got someone in goal like we have in Tommy Lee, but that’ll be good for the club as well.”

The Spireites tied down Ryan until the summer of 2015 last Wednesday (January 15) before they announced the following day that Devitt will remain at the Proact until the end of the season.

Devitt, 23, signed a short-term contract in the summer following a spell on trial after being released by Hull City.

Cook said: “Jamie is a great lad to have at the club and he possibly should have had more opportunities to play in the first team.

“He ticks all the boxes for us and hopefully he will have more minutes on the pitch, which will see him grow as a Chesterfield player.”