Defender extends loan spell at B2net

Chesterfield FC defender Jonathan Grounds in action against Charlton Athletic
Chesterfield FC defender Jonathan Grounds in action against Charlton Athletic

Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Grounds has had his loan spell with Chesterfield FC extended for two more months.

Grounds, 23, who had added additional strength to the Spireites back four, arrived at the B2net initially on a month’s emergency loan which was due to run out on Saturday.

But an agreement has been reached between the two clubs and Grounds will remain at Whittington moor until November 26, a day after the away match at Rochdale.

Since making his debut at Exeter City in August, Grounds has made six appearances which have included three wins and a draw.

The 23 year old was a member of the Middlesbrough Academy before signing a professional contract with Boro in four years ago. He has since made 37 first team appearance and has been on loan with Norwich City and Hibernian.

Meanwhile, defender Nathan Smith has been called up by Jamaica for two forthcoming international matches and will miss the Spireites away games at Notts County in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and the derby clash at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday.

Smith, who joined Chesterfield from Yeovil in the summer, said: “This is a once-in-a-life opportunity and has made my family feel very proud. I am very excited about it.”

Manager John Sheridan said: “I am delighted that Nathan has been called-up by Jamaica and although that has an impact on our games I would never stand in the way of anyone getting the chance to play for their country.”

Although English born the 24-year-old qualifies to play for Jamaica through his grandparents.

Jamaica are due to play away against Honduras on 11 October 2011, plus another game still to be announced.