Record wage earner agrees to leave the Proact

Chris O'Grady (left) goes up for a header against Lincoln.
Chris O'Grady (left) goes up for a header against Lincoln.

Chesterfield’s record wage earner has agreed a deal to leave the Proact.

Chris O’Grady, signed last summer amid much fanfare, has reached a settlement with the club to terminate his two-year contract halfway through.

The striker scored just three goals in 41 appearances for the Spireites in a season that ended in relegation from League Two.

He made 24 starts under Gary Caldwell and his replacement Jack Lester but struggled with both form and injury, a back complaint hampering him more than once.

When he arrived at the Proact in 2017 the club announced that it had taken ‘the biggest financial outlay on a player’ to ward off the competition to sign him.

But O’Grady became a target for fed-up supporters due to his lack of goals and a protest vote would have seen him crowned Player of the Year before the club pulled the plug on it.

The arrival of Martin Allen as manager at the Proact signalled the beginning of the end for O’Grady as a Spireite, his name appearing on the list of players available for free transfer.

His departure will free up significant space on the Town wage bill that could allow another new face to arrive this week.