LUIS Boa Morte says his desire to play was the driving force behind his decision to join Chesterfield.
The former Arsenal, Southampton, Fulham and West Ham winger has joined up with the Spireites initially until the end of January.
The 35-year-old, who had been training with Fulham for the past three months, said: “The passion for the game brings me here.
“I’m more than pleased to be here to gain my match fitness and start playing.
“This is not a money move. It’s my passion for the game that has brought me here.”
Boa Morte has spent the last year in Greece and South Africa but welcomes a return to the English game where he racked up nearly 300 appearances.
The Portuguese star’s hopes of featuring in Saturday’s clash against Dagenham and Redbridge is dependent on gaining international clearance in time.
He added: “It’s difficult to say how fit I am because I’ve been training but didn’t get the games. It’s always difficult. When you get involved that’s when you get match fit.”
Caretaker-manager Tommy Wright said it might take him two or three games to get up to speed.
He added: “He’s short of match practice but he’s really fit and he just needs games.
“We signed him because he’s a good player. His work rate is magic for a player his age.
“We saw him in training this morning he looked like a 22-year-old running out there.
“I even stopped training to say to the younger players look what he’s achieved in the game and look how he’s training.”
Wright revealed Sam Hird trained this morning (Thursday) and could be in contention but Danny Whitaker is doubtful.
For the full interview with Boa Morte and coverage of Saturday’s game against Dagenham and Redbridge see next week’s Derbyshire Times.