Spireites sign former Southampton and Leeds United prospect

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Winger Gboly Ariyibi has turned down a Premier League club to become Chesterfield’s sixth signing of the summer transfer window.

The 19-year-old, who was a free agent after leaving Leeds United, has penned a one-year contract at the Proact Stadium.

Born in the USA, he joined Southampton at the age of ten and went through the Saints’ highly-regarded youth system.

He teamed up with Leeds United in December and made his Football League debut as a second half substitute against Nottingham Forest.

Ariyibi featured again just days later at Elland Road against Blackburn Rovers before he joined Tranmere Rovers on loan at the end of last season.

He made another two appearances for the club and left Leeds in May and has been training with Premier League new boys Burnley during pre-season.

He was reportedly offered a deal at Turf Moor but felt he would have a better chance of playing first-team football with the Spireites.

“The lads have welcomed me and I just want to do well for the club. The manager believes in me and I just want to take my chance and show what I’m about,” he said.

He follows Dan Jones, Charlie Raglan, Charlie Dawes, Michael Onovwigun and Romuald Boco to have arrived through the Proact gates this summer.

And manager Paul Cook believes the left-sided player will wow supporters after securing his services after a spell on trial.

Cook said: “He’s a young lad who has got the potential to go on and do really, really well. I’m sure our supporters will view him as a very exciting young talent.”