Richards joins Spireites

INCOMING: Port Vale striker Marc Richards has signed for the Spireites.
INCOMING: Port Vale striker Marc Richards has signed for the Spireites.

STRIKER Marc Richards is joining Chesterfield on a two-year contract until June 2014.

Port Vale’s leading scorer, who has been much in demand after a prolific goal-scoring spell with the Potteries side over the last four seasons, is out of contract and has decided to lead the Spireites promotion push for next season.

Chesterfield FC chief executive Chris Turner said: “I am absolutely delighted that Marc Richards has decided to join the Spireites.

“We have had to fight off competition from several League One and League Two clubs to get his signature but he is a natural goal-scorer and the type of player who will bring his experience to a team intent on pushing for promotion.

“One of the selling points of the club was the attacking style of play encouraged by manager John Sheridan.”

The 29-year-old is a former England Youth International who turned professional at Blackburn Rovers, had spells at Northampton Town and Barnsley, before joining Port Vale in July 2007.

During his early career he had loan spells at Crewe Alexandra, Oldham Athletic, Halifax Town, Swansea City and Rochdale.

He has made 202 appearances for Port Vale in all competitions, scoring 75 goals.