Chesterfield: Tendayi has Spireites milestone in his sights

Chesterfield v Fleetwood Town. Chesterfield player Tendayi Darikwa takes to the field
Chesterfield v Fleetwood Town. Chesterfield player Tendayi Darikwa takes to the field

Tendayi Darikwa has signed a contract extension at League Two champions Chesterfield.

The 22-year-old, who came through the youth system with the Spireites, has put pen to paper on a deal which will see him tied to the club until the summer of 2016.

The versatile man, who has been utilised on the right side of defence and midfield during his young career to date, made his debut almost four years ago against Burton.

Darikwa was used as a second half substitute in an FA Cup tie at the Pirelli Stadium in November 2010, which saw the Brewers run out 3-1 winners on the day.

Darikwa would experience a happier outcome when Chesterfield visited the same ground towards the end of last season, in a game which assured Spireites promotion.

He had established himself as a first team regular by this point in Paul Cook’s side which progressed to a Wembley final and lifted the League Two championship.

Darikwa has been the subject of speculation from clubs higher up in the football pyramid since he broke through in the 2012/13 under Tommy Wright and latterly Cook.

Everton were said to be interested in the January of that season before then manager David Moyes took the top job at Manchester United.

Moyes was in attendance as Chesterfield drew 1-1 with Fleetwood Town at Highbury Stadium in October 2013 to keep tabs on the Chesterfield man.

But Darikwa’s focus remains at the Proact Stadium as Chesterfield prepare for life in League One in August. He said: “I’m delighted to get it sorted out and I can’t wait for the season to start.

“I can focus on the football side of things now after talking about my contract situation with my agent over the last few months.

“Hopefully I can repay the club with some good performances next season. I think we’ve got a good group of players and there’s no reason why we can’t push on.”

Darikwa is closing in on 100 appearances for Chesterfield, standing on 94 to date.