More to come from Declan John at Chesterfield, says Danny Wilson

Chesterfield vs Crewe Alexandra - Declan John in possession - Pic By James Williamson
Chesterfield vs Crewe Alexandra - Declan John in possession - Pic By James Williamson

Chesterfield boss Danny Wilson believes there is more to come from on loan defender Declan John.

John impressed on his Spireites debut on the left side of Wilson’s defence in the 3-1 home win over Crewe Alexandra last Saturday.

Chesterfield vs Crewe Alexandra - Declan John at full time - Pic By James Williamson

Chesterfield vs Crewe Alexandra - Declan John at full time - Pic By James Williamson

The 20-year-old, on a temporary switch from Championship side Cardiff City, has Premier League experience with the Bluebirds in 2013/14.

And Wilson, whose side travel to high-flying Gillingham this weekend, is looking forward to seeing how he develops in the coming weeks.

He said: “The lads have embraced him very quickly. We’ve not seen anything like what he can play like - not from what I’ve seen from him before anyway.

“I’m quite excited by some of the performances coming up. I’m sure he’ll excite a lot of people. He’s very positive, gets forward well, very quick and strong.

“Let’s hope we can see more of the attacking side of it rather than the defensive side of it.”

John was drafted in in the absence of Dan Jones, who made his first competitive appearance since fracturing an ankle in November in the reserves fixture midweek.

Jones made a second half appearance in a 7-0 win over Gateshead but was substituted soon after with a foot injury. Wilson said it was separate to his initial injury.

“He’s a very strong-minded person and a very fit boy,” said Wilson of Jones. “He takes his training very seriously and his upkeep of himself. He’s very much a model pro.

“We’ll have no problems of him stepping back in both mentally and physically. We’ve got to make sure it’s the right time and he’s not being pushed back in.

“He will be a fantastic ‘signing’, so to speak, for us in the run-in in the last few weeks. Let’s hope he’s ready for it.”