Age has mellowed new Town keeper

Chesterfield Fc 1st training session 2018 - 19 season. Goal keepers training.
Chesterfield Fc 1st training session 2018 - 19 season. Goal keepers training.

Shwan Jalal believes age and experience have had a calming effect on his goalkeeping style.

The 34-year-old, who penned a two-year deal with Martin Allen’s Spireites this summer, says he’s mellowed between the sticks over the years.

“You evolve as a goalkeeper,” he said.

“I was a bit more aggressive when I was younger.

“I look at keepers who are more calm and collected.”

Jalal, a National League championship winner with Macclesfield Town last season, says his job is so much more than stopping shots.

He wants to get Town’s attacks started from their own area.

And he intents to be a leader in the dressing room and around the Proact Stadium, in what will be his 16th season as a professional footballer.

“I like to play out from the back, get play going quickly whether it’s with a throw, a pass or a ball over the top,” said the former Bournemouth and Wrexham stopper.

“I like to be a wise head around the place.

“I think the manager is looking for me to do all those jobs.”