Niven signs new contract

Chesterfield FC players h/s. Derek Niven

Chesterfield FC players h/s. Derek Niven

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Derek Niven has signed a new one-year with Chesterfield FC.

The popular Blues midfielder put pen-to-paper on a fresh 12-month contract on Thursday.

Falkirk-born Niven (27) is the longest-serving player on Spireites books.

He joined the club in 1993 on a free transfer from Bolton Wanderers and has since made more than 300 appearances.

There would have been more games for the all-action player but he had a spell on the sidelines after suffering with testicular cancer.

Niven (pictured) has a reputation for scoring spectacular goals.

He netted a cracking volley in the 2-1 defeat of Manchester City in the Carling Cup in September, 2006, and carved a place in Chesterfield FC history by hitting the final goal ever scored at Saltergate in a 2-1 victory Bournemouth in May, 2010.

Meanwhile, Jack Lester has signed a new two-year deal with the Blues.

The veteran striker, who is aged 35, scored 17 goals as Chesterfield won the League Two title this year.

Since first signing for Chesterfield in 2007 from Nottingham Forest, Lester has scored 79 goals in 156 appearances for the Spireites.