Smith is on Sheri radar

Nathan Smith
Nathan Smith

Defender Nathan Smith is on John Sheridan’s wanted list – and the player has paid a visit to check out the B2net Stadium.

The Chesterfield FC manager is looking to beef up his squad in preparation for life in League One and left full-back Smith is on the Spireites radar.

Aged 24, Smith is currently out of contract with Yeovil Town where his performances last season made him one of the Glovers’ star attractions.

He has been offered new terms by Huish Park boss Terry Skiverton but Smith is considering his options and Leyton Orient and Preston North End are also said to be on his trail.

Smith joined Yeovil from non-league Potters Bar Town and quickly established himself in the first-team.

He has since made 118 appearances and has a reputation as a pacy defender who likes to push forward up the flank whenever possible.

A club spokesman confirmed that Smith had dropped in at the Whittington Moor ground.

Chesterfield’s courting of Smith does not mean the club’s interest in Scott Griffiths is at an end.

Griffiths, also a left back, became an extremely popular figure at the B2net last season when he made 33 appearances on loan from Peterborough.

With a year left on his contract, Griffiths returned to London Road after Chesterfield claimed the League Two championship.

But now that the Posh have won promotion to the Championship, thanks to a 3-0 play-off final victory over Huddersfield, it is unclear what the future holds for Griffiths.

One man who will not be making a triumphant return to the B2net is Deane Smalley who netted a dozen goals for the Spireites on their way to the title.

Smalley, 22, was on loan from Oldham but became a big hit this side of the Pennines for his goal-scoring exploits.

He was, however, offered new terms at Boundary Park and although Sheridan was a huge fan of Smalley, the player has opted for a permanent move to League Two outfit Oxford United.

He has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the option of a third season at the Kassam Stadium.

An undisclosed fee has been paid by Oxford to Oldham to secure Smalley’s release.

Meanwhile, supporters need to make a diary note as the club has announced that it will hold its open day at the B2net Stadium on Sunday, July 31.

Players will be on hand to sign autographs, fans will be able to have their photograph taken with the League Two championship trophy and there will be tours of the changing rooms among the attractions.

The event takes place from 11am to 3pm. Entry is free.

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