Talbot: I am raring to start the season

Drew Talbot
Drew Talbot

Chesterfield are expected to complete the signings of back up keeper Alex Cairns and midfielder Dion Donohue in the next 24 hours.

However, it’s experienced players that will be peppering the starting line-up that Chesterfield fans want to see drafted in.

With Gary Roberts, Sam Clucas and Tendayi Darikwa all moving on for fees this summer, Dean Saunders has no shortage of funds to bring in new blood.

But the fact that the pre-season friendlies, the best way to assimilate new faces, are over is of some concern. Jimmy Ryan’s free transfer exit adds to the vacuum in the squad.

Just four days ahead of Barnsley’s visit the Proact Stadium, Spireites’ only experienced signing is former Wolves and Preston man Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

But it’s the men that will feed him the ammunition to score that are badly needed.

One man who looks set to play is 29-year-old Drew Talbot. The Barnsley born player came through 45 minutes at Hartlepool on Saturday and is ready to play if selected.

“Fitness wise, I’ve been fit for a few weeks now,” said Talbot.

“I’m short of match fitness but these days I know how to get through games so if the gaffer wants to call me up for the game against my home town club, then I’m ready to go.

“I’ve done some leg circuits with Mal (Purchase, conditioning coach) and my legs feel much stronger which allows my legs to take a bit more than they would be able to normally.

“I’ve seen a guy about orthotics, one of my legs is a bit longer than the other, so he’s fixed me up with some pads to put in my boots which should help the situation.”