Marc Richards knew Chesterfield FC would be his new club when he first visited the B2net Stadium.
The former Port Vale striker, who has signed a two-year-deal, said: “The whole feel of the club was just right. Everybody made me feel very welcome.
“Manager John Sheridan and his backroom staff were as professional as they come while chief executive Chris Turner is a very nice man.
“He told be about the club’s ambitions and where it was planning to go.’’
The Spireites aim to bounce straight back to League One and Richards, who hit 17 goals last term, will be tasked with leading the promotion charge.
And he has set a target for himself for the 2012/13 campaign - but he is playing his cards close to his chest.
He said: “I have a target for every season, but it is something I keep to myself.
“However, if I do get close to what I have set my self, Chesterfield should be well on the road where we are wanting to go.’’
Richards, 29, was skipper at Vale Park and the club’s leading marksman for the last four seasons
In all, he has scored 67 goals in 181 league appearances for the Stoke club.
Regular Chesterfield followers may remember that he scored a hat-trick at Saltergate when Vale defeated the Blues 5-0 two years ago.
Richards is well impressed with the B2net.
He said: It’s a lovely stadium. I’ve played there once or twice. In Chesterfield’s promotion season when I played there it was full and there was a great atmosphere. It would be good if we could get that back again next year.’’
Richards was a team-mate of Danny Whitaker at Port Vale but is looking forward to meet other Blues players.
He said: “It is part of thre excitement when you join a new club it will be a fresh challenge and I am looking forward to that.’’
Richards hails from Wolverhampton and began his professional career with Blackburn Rovers.
Loan spells with Crewe, Oldham, Halifax and Swansea preceded a permanent switch to Northampton.
He was borrowed by Rochdale and had two seasons at Barnsley before he moved to the Potteries in 2007.
But now he is a Spireite and is hoping to play a big part in what everyone hopes will be a promotion season at the B2net