Spireites boss Dean Saunders has indicated he’s told striker Byron Harrison to return to training on July 1st ‘fit and fired up.’
Harrison, 28, struggled to show his best form after joining the club in January from Cheltenham Town for a fee of around £10,000; there was a belief that he may be considered surplus to requirements, but Saunders has confirmed that the front man remains in his plans.
The manager has also said that Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is already undergoing conditioning from Mal Purchase. “Sylvan’s not had a proper pre-season for a couple of years so he’s already working with Mal,” said Saunders, who added: “He’s a goalscorer and he’ll be hoping to score 20 goals this season.”
Purchase will be introducing new methods to Spireites’ training regime including heart monitoring, GPS technology to monitor player movement plus saliva and urine tests to check hydration levels.
“The players will be the fittest in the league,” said Saunders, “But not by running up and down hills, it’ll be a lot more scientific than that.”
Saunders confirmed there’s been interest in Sam Clucas but he indicated that offers made were “way off” the club’s valuation and he believes that the player’s value will increase even further by working with the new manager for at least a year.
Spireites have added another pre-season game, making the short trip to play Buxton on Friday July 10 at 7.45 and the League One trip to Burton has been brought forward to February 12.