Ex Spireites striker training with non-league outfit

Chesterfield player Sylvan Ebanks-Blake goes close with  shot at goal. Chesterfield v Peterborough - Sky Bet League One on Tuesday March 14th 2017. Picture: Chris Etchells
Chesterfield player Sylvan Ebanks-Blake goes close with shot at goal. Chesterfield v Peterborough - Sky Bet League One on Tuesday March 14th 2017. Picture: Chris Etchells

A vastly experienced former Chesterfield striker, without a club since his Proact departure, is training with a non-league club.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was released by the Spireites at the end of last season, after a somewhat underwhelming two-year spell.

The front man scored 13 goals in 51 games, having been brought in by then-boss Dean Saunders.

Having been unable to find a new employer in the summer, Ebanks-Blake has turned up to train with National League North side AFC Telford.

Ebanks-Blake is a former Wolves team-mate of Telford manager Rob Edwards, who says it’s simply an informal training arrangement between the two parties at present.

He told the Shropshire Star: “Sylvan trained with us in the week. He is a mate of mine.

“At the moment he is obviously without a football club and I want to help him to get some fitness.

“If in turn he can help us, we’ll see. He’s a really good lad, first and foremost.

“His children go to our school, we’ll see each other on the playground most days.

“We had six to eight months together at Wolves.

“He is a good lad, lives fairly locally and wants to do some training at the moment.”

Ebanks-Blake fell out of favour during Danny Wilson’s tenure as Town boss, but after an unsuccessful loan spell with Shrewsbury, Gary Caldwell brought him back into the fold and handed him 13 appearances, in which he scored two goals.