Lee retains his crown

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Tommy Lee has scooped Chesterfield FC’s player of year laurels for the second season running.

Chesterfield clinched the League Two title on Saturday thanks to a 3-1 home triumph over Gillingham and the Spireites goalkeeper collected his award a day later at the player of the year dinner at the B2net Stadium.

Lee (25) was the team’s only ever-present player during the championship-winning season and his great work between the posts earned him the accolade, voted for by supporters, for the second season in a row.

Lee, who began his career with Manchester United as a youngster and had a spell with Macclesfield before he moved to north Derbyshire three years ago, is out of contract but could be in line to sign new terms with the Blues.

The versatile Drew Talbot collected the players’ player accolade.

Traditionally a marauding winger, Talbot spent part of the season as right full-back and was team captain.

Deane Smalley, on loan from Oldham, won the goal of the season honour for his spectacular strike against Bradford City in February while Aaron Downes, who has been sidelined with a knee injury this season, was presented with an award for his work within the community.

Smalley, who netted his first goal for the Spireites in January and ended the season with 12, is bound to be one of the top names on the club’s wanted list.

There is speculation that manager John Sheridan is about to sign a five-year deal with the Spireites.

A club spokesman said negotiations had taken place and that an announcement would be made either later this week or early next week.

Such was the demand for player of the season tickets that two presentation evenings had to be arranged.

The first one was held at the B2net on Sunday while the second will take place tonight.