Dion Donohue’s route to the Proact delivered many twists and turns.
The 22-year-old made his Football League debut for Chesterfield against Colchester United earlier this month.
The midfielder joined from Sutton Coldfield Town in the summer and was delighted with the opportunity.
He said: “I signed for Everton when I was ten, but was released just before my 16th birthday for being too small.
“Then I carried on playing in Wales in non-league football and then moved to Birmingham last year to play for Sutton Coldfield Town.
“Then luckily Chesterfield came in and gave me another opportunity.
“I took the route of going to college and studying different things because I thought that when you get to 21 there’s not many players that come back and make it from there.
“I’ve been quite fortunate.”
Having been watched by Spireites’ scouts towards the end of last season, he was invited for a trial and the left-footer held his own in pre-season appearances, doing enough to earn a season’s deal that culminated with his debut.
He added: “I hope to add to that now, get on the pitch a bit more and see what they say. I have to go out and prove myself and try to earn another contract.”
Donohue played the full 90 minutes in Spireites’ reserves 3-1 win at Scunthorpe United in the cup this week.
An own goal plus two from Rai Simons gave Chesterfield a three goal interval lead. Byron Harrison picked up a second half injury and his fitness is being assessed.
Lee Novak is Dean Saunders’ main worry for the weekend visit of leaders Burton Albion.
He picked up a thigh injury at Coventry City last weekend and was replaced at half-time.