From school to the EFL - Chesterfield's wing pair aiming to teach opposition a lesson

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Once upon a time James Berry and Kane Drummond used to sit next to each other in class.

But next season the pair will be lining-up for Chesterfield and aiming to teach the opposition a lesson in the Football League.

It won’t be the first time they have played together, with the duo having been in the same side at Macclesfield.

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Berry made the move from the Silkmen last August, while Drummond was Town’s first summer signing this year.

James Berry. (Photo by Cameron Smith/Getty Images)James Berry. (Photo by Cameron Smith/Getty Images)
James Berry. (Photo by Cameron Smith/Getty Images)

They have known each other since they were 11 and now they will be hoping to rip up League Two together.

"Sitting next to each other in form, you would never have thought we would be sitting next to each other in a changing room," Berry said.

“He is a really good character. He is going to be a really good lad to have around the changing room. He deserves it, I am really proud of him. He is a really nice lad and since we were small I have wanted him to do well."

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The pair have always kept in touch with each other and enjoyed their time playing together at Macclesfield.

Berry explained: "I played on the left at Macclesfield and he played on the right. He is very quick, very direct, tricky, loves the ball at his feet, running at people, he is just a very exciting player. I have always thought he was a good player. I was buzzing when I found out we were signing him.

"He has a really good record in the lower leagues, he is going to be a good player for us.”

And Drummond isn’t the only familiar face from Chesterfield’s summer signings for Berry, who is also aware of what Chey Dunkley can do from his time growing up watching the defender play for Wigan Athletic, the team he supports.

"I know Chey from going watching,” Berry added. “It is going to be exciting.”

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