Chesterfield: Deans Saunders reunion for Spireites new recruit Sylvan Ebanks-Blake

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake

Dean Saunders has brought in his first new face as Spireites manager.

Former Championship Player of the Year Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has reunited with the man who was, briefly, his boss at Wolves.

The 29-year-old began his career as a youngster with home-town team Cambridge United before a switch to Manchester United where he was a contemporary of Spireites keeper Tommy Lee.

He made a couple of cup appearances for the Red Devils and had a loan spell in Belgium with Riyal Antwerp.

His career kicked off after a £200,000 move to Plymouth Argyle, then in the Championship and 18 months later a £1.5 million switch saw him join Wolves.

A fantastic 2008-089 season saw him voted the best player in tier two as he scored 25 goals and helped the Molineux club to the Premier League.

He played at the highest level for three seasons before breaking a leg while Saunders was his manager in the Championship in April 2013.

He was reunited with Mick McCarthy at Ipswich Town in December 2013 but since then he’s started only four games, two with the Tractor Boys and two last season after he joined Preston North End.

Saunders said: “Sylvan is just what the team needs. He’s strong and when the ball comes into the box he’s where it should be. He’s hungry to play and he wants to be part of a winning team.”

Chesterfield’s boss remains hopeful he’ll persuade midfielder Jimmy Ryan to re-sign, though Gary Roberts looks set to move out to Portsmouth. As a high earner at the club, Roberts’ move out could give Saunders room to bring in more new faces.

Roberts could leave for a nominal fee, his hamstring injuries last season reducing the Spireites’ desires to keep the man who was their most influential player under Cook.