Ten players axed by Sheridan

Derek Niven
Derek Niven

Chesterfield FC have released ten players as manager John Sheridan prepares for life in League Two next season.

The out-of-contract players who have been let go from the B2net are: defender Aaron Downes, keeper Greg Fleming, defender Simon Ford, Dan Gray, midfielder Jimmy Juan, Jamie Lowry, Alex Mendy, Dean Morgan, midfielder Derek Niven and Gregor Robertson.

Niven, 28, was the club’s longest-serving player, having appeared more than 300 times for the Spireites.

He signed for Chesterfield in 2003 and battled his way back into the first-team squad after suffering testicular cancer.

He will be fondly remembered for scoring Chesterfield’s final goal at Saltergate.

Five out-of-contract players have been offered new one-year deals. They are: Scott Boden, Craig Clay, Tendayi Darikwa, Mark Randall and Danny Whitaker.

In addition, three youth team players - Jacob Hazel, Jack Waddle and Jonathan Wafula - have been offered one year contracts.

Players with a year left on their contract, unless indicated, are: Mark Allott, Jordan Bowery (two years), Tommy Lee, Jack Lester, Nathan Smith, Drew Talbot, Neil Trotman and

Craig Westcarr.

The four players on-loan have returned to their parent clubs. They are: Nick Ajose (Peterborough United); Franck Moussa (Leicester City); Liam Ridehalgh (Huddersfield Town); Josh Thompson (Celtic).

It was said at the Fans’ Forum that John Sheridan would have a basic squad of 22 players next season, including two keepers.

If all the players offered new terms put pen to paper, Chesterfield will be left looking for a new No 2 for keeper Tommy Lee and five outfield players.