Spireites: Chesterfield FC look to boost fitness levels in Burnley friendly

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Spireites host former skipper Sean Dyche’s Burnley tomorrow having come through the midweek game against Hull City with no injury worries.

A Clarets side won 3-0 at St Mirren in a behind closed doors match on Wednesday but lost striker Jason Gilchrist to injury and they also won 1-0 at Rangers the day before in front of over 22,000 fans. Last Saturday, with a crowd 2,100 at the game, Burnley lost 4-2 at Accrington Stanley.

Dean Saunders will be hoping his side match their first half showing from Tuesday night, a period that ended 1-1 before Tigers added two goals after the break as Chesterfield’s play weakened, but fitness progress remains the manager’s main aim.

The Welshman was delighted to be able to announce that Tommy Lee had signed a new deal keeping him at the club until 2018 and the keeper himself was also thrilled to have committed his future to the Proact club.

Lee said: “I’m very pleased (to have signed), the Gaffer came in and he spoke to me pre-pre-season, he asked me what I thought of the club and I listened to his ideas, the players he wanted to keep and bring in and it felt like a positive place to be playing football.”

The three times Chesterfield Player of the Year, 29, has been at the club since 2008 and most summers has been linked to a possible move away.

He added: “When you only have a year left on your contract there’s always some thought in your mind that you may leave but I’ve just moved to the area and that played a part in the deal so I’m now just looking forward to getting started properly this season.

“There’s a positive vibe around the club, we lost out last season by a small margin, so with a bit more cutting edge and being a bit tighter at the back we’ll there or thereabouts. We set standards last season and we’re going to set more standards this season, it’s probably a tougher league this season but we’ll be in with a shout.”