CHESTERFIELD will be taking a first look, in match action, at former Owls winger Etienne Esajas at Oldham Athletic this afternoon.
The 27-year-old Dutchman will play for the reserves as Chesterfield look to make it three wins from their first three games having re-joined the Central League this season. They scored four goals in both opening games, against Tranmere Rovers and at Hartlepool United.
Esajas was with Paolo Di Canio’s Swindon Town last season but his two-year deal was cancelled halfway through by mutual consent.
Since leaving Hillsborough, the former Vitesse Arnhem winger also spent a season at Helmond Sport, who missed out on promotion to the Netherlands’ top division after losing in the two-legged play-off final against SBV Excelsior.
Caretaker boss Tommy Wright said of the game: “The reserves have done well so far. It’s a difficult game at Oldham but it gives the younger players to show me and Mark Crossley what they can do. Tendayi Darikwa’s done that; he got his chance at Northampton and he took it well.
“Etienne will play, he’s with us all week. We’re working on his fitness and it’s getting better every day. We’ll see how he goes on in this match and we’ll take it from there.”
Wright is still hunting for fresh first-team blood. “I’m hoping to get one or two new faces in this week,” he said.
The Spireites have extended the loan of Huddersfield Town left-back Liam Ridehalgh for a second month.
Chesterfield host Torquay United in League Two on Saturday.
The Gulls drew 1-1 at home to Burton Albion on Saturday and are locked on 11 points alongside the Spireites.