Dan’s the man at Chesterfield

Dan Gardner

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Dan Gardner has signed a 12-month contract extension which ties him to the club until the summer of 2016. The 24-year-old midfielder was a revelation after signing from Conference side FC Halifax Town in January, scoring three goals in 11 appearances despite missing several weeks of the season with an ankle injury.

The former Celtic youngster is delighted to have extended his stay, saying: “It means a lot because I’m enjoying my time at the club and playing some of my best football here. I’ll work hard and try and cement my place in the team to help Chesterfield push on from last season.”

He believes Spireites are well suited League One, saying: “It’s going to be hard but we’ve got the management team and the players in place and the way we play will suit us in a higher division. It’ll be good to test ourselves against some big teams who have come down from the Championship.”

With the pre-season programme starting with a game at Buxton a week on Saturday, Gardner has been preparing himself for his first full season in the Football League. He added: “I’ve been doing some hills runs and gym work. I’m looking forward to my first proper pre-season in a way but I know that Shinner (coach Shane Nicholson) is a bit of a fitness freak!”

Gardner joins Sam Morsy in extending his time at the Proact this season.