Chesterfield: No new faces for Spireites ahead of opening game against Barnsley

Charlie Raglan
Charlie Raglan

Spireites manager Dean Saunders has been unable to add to his squad this week ahead of the visit of Barnsley.

Saunders said: “We’ve lost four players, two of them recently, I’ve got lists of players in different positions drawn up, some of those targets have gone now, some are at other clubs on trial higher up but I’ve been trying to pitch my targets high, looking at Championship players and trying to persuade them to come here so the players I want to bring in will make a big difference to us.

“I’ve been knocked back by a few because of the wages but I’m plugging away but I’ll only bring in players who will make us better, I’m not just bringing in players for the sake of it. I can make two or three signings and I need to make sure they’re better than what we’ve got. We’ve got a good team going into Saturday’s game but I need t make the side stronger.”

The manager revealed that defender Charlie Raglan has extended his stay at the club to 2017 whilst verbal agreement for longer contracts have been reached with Dan Gardner and Sam Hird whilst similar agreements with Dan Jones, Jay O’Shea and Ollie Banks are close.

Raglan said: “The manager was a big factor in my decision to commit myself to a further year because he spoke to me soon after he took over and told me how he could improve me as a player.”

The club has completed the signing of young midfielder Dion Donohue for a year, he was with Sutton Coldfield last season, whilst former Leeds keeper Alex Cairns has signed until January.

Saunders has a full squad to select from for the Barnsley game with Drew Talbot expected to start after recovering from a hamstring injury.