SPIREITES: Chesterfield using same technology as Real Madrid to monitor players’ fitness, says Dean Saunders

Chesterfield FC reveal new team manager Dean Saunders at the Proact Stadium.
Chesterfield FC reveal new team manager Dean Saunders at the Proact Stadium.

Spireites boss Dean Saunders is delighted to have got his squad together for pre-season training.

Returning in a heatwave is far from ideal but just being back on the training ground has enthused Chesterfield’s new manager.

He said: “We’re easing the back players into it, we’ve got over five weeks training and the most important thing is not to pick up any injuries; if you blow up now and miss two or three weeks training you never get it back.

“We’re working them hard but not pushing them too hard, especially in this hot weather.

“I think the boys are enjoying it. It’s been a bit more scientific, we’re using technology that Real Madrid use, but you use your eyes as well, but it makes it easier to spot if they’re injured.”

New signing Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is in good shape according to Saunders: “It’s great to see Sylvan on the training field, he’s fit in that he’s got no injuries but he’s not match fit.

“Getting him ready for Barnsley is the only thing that matters. He’s great to have here because whichever club he’s at he’ll score goals for you.”

Supporters remain concerned about the likes of Sam Clucas and Tendayi Darikwa who are known to be wanted men.

Saunders added: “I’m still a bit in the dark about some of the players that we have offers on the table for, the vultures are hovering around, but I’ve told Chris Turner and the chairman that I don’t want to lose any more players, but I’ve plans in place if I do.”

Chesterfield’s first warm up game is next Thursday at Matlock Town and the manager has indicated he wants the majority of his first team squad to be involved there. Spireites then travel to Buxton 24 hours later.