A Chesterfield schoolboy has enlisted the help of a former Spireite in his bid to become a professional goalkeeper.
Teddy Marris has been with Chesterfield FC for nearly five years and captains the club’s U16 side.
This summer the 15-year-old will work with ex Town player and fitness coach Shane Nicholson to ensure he’s ready for next season.
Dad Mike told the Derbyshire Times how much the Spireites mean to the young stopper.
“It means everything to him, he’s supported them since he was little, he looks up to Tommy Lee,” he said.
“He chose Chesterfield when he had the option to go to Derby.
“He has really enjoyed it, he works really hard, always does extra training.
“He wants to be a professional footballer, everything is keyed towards that, it has been since he was nine.”
The 2016/17 football season might only be finishing, but the St Mary’s Catholic High student is already preparing for the next one.
Mike said: “He’s studying for his school exams now and he’s started to work with Shane twice a week so he will be fitter and stronger.
“When he’s going to bed at 9pm because he has an early start, we’re really, really proud of him. We smile when we talk about him.”