Spireites’ Chief Executive Chris Turner has paid tribute to Liverpudlian duo Gary Roberts and Jimmy Ryan who’ve both left the club after two seasons.
Roberts has followed former Chesterfield boss Paul Cook to Portsmouth whilst Ryan has moved nearer to his family home having signed for Fleetwood Town.
“At the age of 31, Gary has understandably been lured by the offer of a three-year contract,” Turner said, adding: “We felt it would not have been in the best interests of the club to have given him a similar deal. We only agreed to sell Gary when Portsmouth returned with an improved offer after we turned down their initial bid.
“Dean Saunders wanted to keep Gary and had several conversations with him, trying to persuade him to stay, but he was adamant that he wanted to join Portsmouth. Gary was an instrumental figure in our League Two title-winning side and on behalf of the club I would like to thank him for his valuable contribution and wish him all the best for the future.”
Regarding Ryan Turner said: “Jimmy made a great contribution during his time with us and was an important figure when we won the League Two title in the 2013-14 season.
“We are naturally disappointed to see Jimmy leave as we wanted him to stay. The previous management team talked to him about a new contract last season and those talks continued over the last few weeks. I am told that we matched the terms offered by Fleetwood, but Jimmy has chosen to go there because it is closer to his home.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jimmy for his services and wish him all the best for the future.”
It is believed that striker Byron Harrison, signed by Cook in January from Cheltenham Town, has been told he can leave the club on a free.
His only goal was in the key 1-0 win at Bradford City but that game apart, his overall contribution has been minimal.