Spireites: New Chesterfield recruit is hungry for medals

Jimmy Ryan signs for Chesterfield alongside assistant manager Leam Richardson
Jimmy Ryan signs for Chesterfield alongside assistant manager Leam Richardson

Jimmy Ryan says he wants to taste promotion for the first time with new club Chesterfield.

The midfielder has never been part of a side that has risen up the leagues during his time at former clubs Shrewsbury, Accrington Stanley and Scunthorpe United.

And has set his sights on a serious push next season with the Spireites.

“I’ve always been in a team that has tried to stay up, so it’s something I really want to be part of,” he said.

The 24-year-old became Chesterfield’s third summer signing when he penned a one year deal with the option of an extension last week.

He followed in the footsteps of striker Eoin Doyle and goalkeeper Aaron Chapman through the Proact Stadium gates this summer.

It’s been a whirlwind month for Ryan, who looked destined for a new deal at Scunthorpe, until Iron manager Brian Laws encouraged him to seek a move away from Glanford Park.

He revealed his former Accrington team-mate, and current Chesterfield assistant, Leam Richardson was instrumental in the move.

“It’s always nice to go somewhere where you know someone,” he said.

“He’s a good man and I trusted what he was saying. He didn’t have to sell the club to me, it seemed like a good fit.

“I always thought it was a great club when I’ve been here in the past. It always seemed like a club that was bigger than League Two.

“Even at the old stadium (Saltergate) it was a fixture I looked forward to. It was always a game that got everyone up for it and the crowd were always heard.”

The Spireites have since moved home and Ryan was full of praise for the new facilities.

He said: “The stadium and the training facilities are fantastic. I get excited when I look at the stadium and I just can’t wait to kick off.”

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook is going about compiling a squad ready to mount a serious promotion challenge next season, with further signings imminent

Former Liverpool trainee, Ryan, won back-to-back FA Youth Cups in 2006 and 2007 with his boyhood club before he left shortly after his 19th birthday.

“They are the only medals I’ve won,” he said.

“It was great to be part of a successful team like that. We were expected to win and we did it two years running.

“I wouldn’t say we took it for granted but it’s very rare to win medals in that way. It would be nice to change that this year.”

And he was impressed with his new club’s ambition.

“It’s got the stability to go up and challenge again for the Championship,” he added.

“The club has targeted the Championship and from what I’ve seen there’s no reason why it can’t get there.

“As players we will work tirelessly to produce the form that will hopefully get the club and the fans where they want to be.”

Richardson was pleased to have secured the player’s services.

He said: “He’s a fantastic footballer and a great lad. He handles the ball very well and to add him to what we’re trying to do at Chesterfield just seems right.”