New contracts for trio

Chesterfield FC has given three of their youth team players the opportunity of playing professional football.

Jordan Burrow (striker), Ben Watkiss (attacking midfielder) and Matthew Needham (central defender) have each been offered six month contracts by manager John Sheridan.

The aim is to aid their further development by joining the first team squad next season with a chance of becoming professional footballers.

Youth team manager Dave Bentley said: “Promotion into League One means the standard that has to be achieved by our scholars is even higher but the three lads now have the chance to catch the manager’s eye to secure a longer contract.”

The Spireites youth team finished the season on a high as champions of the Football League Youth Alliance North and East Conference.

Nine new first year scholars are joining the club this summer and, along with the nine first year scholars who enter their second year apprenticeships, will together form the Spireites youth team squad for the 2011-12 season.

For the full story, see this week’s Derbyshire Times.