BREAKING: Allen brings popular Spireite back to the club

Drew Talbot gets forward against Grimsby.
Drew Talbot gets forward against Grimsby.

Drew Talbot’s Chesterfield exile lasted just five weeks before Martin Allen brought him back to the Proact.

The experienced defender was one of three veterans released in the lead up to Allen’s appointment as Spireites boss.

But Allen revealed today that after a chat with someone he trusts in the game, he has agreed a deal for Talbot to return.

“We’ve signed Drew Talbot ona one-year contract,” he told the Derbyshire Times.

“I know a couple of people in football that I trust, up here.

“One of them said to me you’ve made an error by letting him go.

“I told that person that I didn’t let them go, it was decided before I was here and he said to me he’s a good player, a good character, he can play in different positions and you will love him Martin.

“Of course I’ve known Drew Talbot for years and come up against him many times.”

Allen interrupted his two-week break abroad to open talks with the 31-year-old, who can now add to his 291 appearances as a Spireite.

“I rang him from my holiday a couple of days ago, met him today at 12.30pm and the deal was done within about five minutes.

“Done deal.”

Talbot first joined the club on loan in January 2009, before making a permanent move that summer.

He was released in 2016 and spent an unhappy year and a half with Portsmouth before returning to Chesterfield under Jack Lester’s management in January.

He played 21 times last season but was unable to keep Town in the Football League.

Talbot has won League Two twice as a Spireite.