SPIREITES: Kiwi defender signs after trial

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Chesterfield have signed New Zealand U20 international defender Liam Graham following a spell on trial.

The 23-year-old right-back, who was a free agent, previously played for Italian clubs Ascoli, Monza and Pro Patria.

Commenting on the deal, Spireites manager Dean Saunders said: “Liam is not a player who will immediately be in contention for a place in the first team, but we feel that we can work on developing him as a player in the reserves.”

Graham said: “I’ve played two games for the reserves and already I feel a pretty good connection with the players I’ve been playing with. Now I’m excited to get going.“

Graham, who was born in Melbourne, remains eligible to represent New Zealand or Australia.