New face at the Proact impressed Lester with attitude and passion

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Chesterfield’s new fitness coach impressed Jack Lester with his attitude and passion for the role.

Former Shrewsbury Town and Stockport County player Jake Simpson has become the Spireites’ new strength and conditioning coach and started his new role today at the Proact.

His remit is to help the players become the aggressive, intense unit the boss wants to see in matches.

Explaining the 26-year-old’s appointment, Lester said: “He’s starting to get his things across over the next couple of weeks and it all goes towards this vision of having a really energetic team.

“He came in for a chat last week, he was a player before, played for Workington last year but he’s been working with Carlisle.

“Young, really keen, has a great attitude. He’ll be someone the players buy into straight away because of his passion for the role.”

Simpson, the son of England Under 20 coach Paul, has been working with Carlisle United for 18 months.

He added: “I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to join Chesterfield and I’m looking forward to working with the players and the rest of the backroom team.”

Meanwhile Town are not in a position to bring in Matt Duke’s replacement yet, so the goalkeeping coach has remained in his post.

Duke is bound for Sheffield United’s academy.

Lester said: “We’re in the process.

“He’s a great lad Matt, I’ve no problem working with him and he’s good at his role but he had an opportunity to go to the team he supports and fair play to him. We wish him all the luck.

“We’re not quite there with the next coach and Matt will be staying with us until we are.”