Humphreys optimistic

Chetsrefield v Peterborough. Johnston paint trophy final. Ritchie Humphreys.

Chetsrefield v Peterborough. Johnston paint trophy final. Ritchie Humphreys.

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Ritchie Humphreys says momentum could play a key factor for Chesterfield in League One.

The 36-year-old signed a one-year deal yesterday to remain at the Proact Stadium for the 2014/15 season.

He made more than 40 appearances for the League Two champions in a season which also saw a Wembley final in the JP Trophy.

And the PFA chairman is optimistic of Chesterfield’s chances of competing in English football’s third tier.

“I think we’ve got the nucleus of a team to do quite well in League One,” he said. “There’s a lot to be said for momentum. But it’s going to be tough, there’s a lot of hard work to do.”

Humphreys penned on the same day Jay O’Shea agreed a two-year deal to remain with the Spireites.

Ollie Banks has agreed fresh terms until the summer of 2015/16 but Marc Richards has opted for a return to Northampton Town.

The futures of Sam Hird and Nathan Smith, Chesterfield’s other out of contract players, remains unclear.