SPIREITES: Hird aims high with Chesterfield as striker lands

Chesterfield v Fleetwood Town. Chesterfield player Sam Hird in action
Chesterfield v Fleetwood Town. Chesterfield player Sam Hird in action

Sam Hird has set his sights on another successful season with Chesterfield after penning a two-year deal to remain at the Proact Stadium.

The versatile 26-year-old was one of nine out of contract players at the Spireites this summer and was offered fresh terms last week.

He made more than 40 appearances for Chesterfield during the 2013/14 to help Paul Cook’s side clinch the League Two championship.

And, after reaching an agreement which will see him tied to the Spireites until the summer of 2015/16, Hird expressed his excitement.

He said: “I’m delighted, to be quite honest. We had a great season last season and I think it’s a club going in the right direction. I had no hesitation in re-signing.

“I’m here today because of my own hard work. You’ve got to believe in yourself - I believe in my own ability and I’d like another successful season with Chesterfield.”

Hird was available for transfer at the start of the season but found himself part of a team which flew out of the traps and went eight games unbeaten.

He impressed at central defence alongside Ryan Edwards, at the time on loan from Blackburn Rovers, and was removed from the transfer list.

Hird operated at right-back and central midfield and will again provide competition in those areas for the squad which is beginning to take shape.

Nathan Smith is yet to decide whether he will take up the club’s offer of a new deal, though with the addition of Daniel Jones, his future appears to lie elsewhere.

Chesterfield have also announced the capture of former Sheffield Wednesday striker Charlie Dawes - the club’s second fresh face in the space of week.

The 18-year-old from Grassmoor signed a one-year contract with his hometown club after spending a short time on trial at the Proact.

Spireites boss, Cook, is still keen to add another striker to his ranks after Marc Richards decided in favour of a return to Northampton Town.

Cook is understood to be in the market for a strong and experienced front man to bolster his striking options and is considering a handful of possible players.

Meanwhile Edwards, who played seven games for Spireites earlier in the season, and released Jamie Devitt have signed for Morecambe, where both spent time last term.