Spireites duo put pen to paper

Chesterfield Football Club Jamie Lowry
Chesterfield Football Club Jamie Lowry

Aaron Downes has signed a new one-year deal with Chesterfield FC.

Midfielder Lowry and central defender Downes are both hoping to be back in the thick of the action when pre-season training begins in July.

Lowry, a former Chesterfield youth team player who had been out since October, 2009, with a cruciate ligament injury, made just three substitute appearances late last season.

He said: “I have been out a long time so I appreciate the support shown by the club.

“I am really keen to have a good pre-season so I can get back in contention for the new season.”

Downes is currently recovering from a second cruciate ligament injury but is hopeful of being out of rehabilitation and available to join the rest of the squad for pre-season training.

The Australian-born player said: “Having missed a whole season through injury I am really desperate to get back playing football because that is what I enjoy the most.

“I want to thank Chesterfield FC for being so supportive and standing by me and I am pleased that I don’t seem to be too far away from getting back and properly involved again.

“Although I was delighted to be presented at the end of the season with the club’s Community Award, I really want to get back in contention for the others awards that are available.”

Downes (26), initially injured his knee in the match against Darlington at Saltergate in April, 2009.

He staged comeback in January, 2010, but it lasted only seven games as his knee problem flared up again.

The Spireites No 15 joined the north Derbyshire club in 2004 and has made 181 appearances for the Blues.

In addition, Downes has represented for Australia U20s and U23s.