Lester to pen two-year deal

sp80144'Chesterfield FC players h/s. Jack Lester
sp80144'Chesterfield FC players h/s. Jack Lester

Jack Lester is set to sign a new two-year contract with Chesterfield.

The B2net crowd favourite, who is aged 35, netted 17 goals for the Blues, who scooped the League Two title earlier this month.

He said: “I’m delighted to have been offered new terms and I will be going in to put pen to paper.’’

Lester is adored by the Spireites faithful who were thrilled to see him score two dramatic hat-tricks as the Blues took League Two by storm.

He said: “I will not be playing every game next season, just like last year.

“But it’s great to be involved with a club on the up. I will be able to help the younger strikers and I hope to score one or two goals myself.’’

Leading marksman Craig Davies, who found the net 25 times last term, has been offered a new one-year deal.

But after such a productive time in the Blues No 9 shirt, Davies may feel that his destiny lies elsewhere.

Goalkeeper Tommy Lee, player of the year for the second season running, put pen to paper on a new two-year deal on Wednesday, as did defender Dean Holden on a new one-year contract.

Midfielder Mark Allott and winger turned full-back Drew Talbot, have already signed new two-year deals, while Dean Morgan has signed for one more year.

The list of those who are pondering new terms are: Tendayi Darikwa (one year), Aaron Downes (one year), Jamie Lowry (one year), Derek Niven (one year) and Gregor Robertson (one year).

Just two players have been released – veteran defender Ian Breckin and reserve goalkeeper Shane Redmond.

Six players are still in contract, while all on-loan players have returned to their parent clubs.

Three youth team players have been offered their first professional contracts. Expected to sign six-month deals are central defender Matthew Needham, forward Jordan Burrow and midfielder Ben Watkiss.

Players still in contract for one more year are strikers Scott Boden and Jordan Bowery, budding midfielder Craig Clay, experienced defender Simon Ford, utility man Dan Gray who was on loan with Macclesfield, the adaptable Dwayne Mattis and 15-goal midfielder Danny Whitaker.

On-loan players who have returned to their parent clubs are Kieran Djalali (Crystal Palace), Scott Griffiths (Peterborough United), Ian Morris (Scunthorpe United) and Deane Smalley (Oldham Athletic).

Manager John Sheridan still has a year to run on his existing contract, but after last season’s championship-winning success, Blues bosses are certain to want to tie him to the club for a longer period.

There has been talk of a new five-year offer and discussions have already taken place but it is expected that nothing will be sorted until next week.

Meanwhile, tickets for the Champions Ball at the B2net Stadium, sold out within 24 hours of going on sale on Monday.