Chesterfield extend contract of young American ace Ariyibi

Gboly Ariyibi. Photo: James Williamson
Gboly Ariyibi. Photo: James Williamson
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hfghf American born twenty-year-old Gboly Ariyibi has been given an extended contract keeping him at the Proact Stadium until the summer of 2017.

Ariyibi, who provided two goal assists in the recent 3-0 win over Fleetwood Town, came through the ranks at Southampton before having a short spell at Leeds United.

He has won international honours for USA at Under-20 level.

Commenting on the news, Spireites manager Paul Cook said: “Gboly is a very, very exciting young prospect who has great ability and pace. He is still developing as a player so there has to be some patience shown by fans as he learns the game.”

He becomes the 16th member of the current Spireites squad to be contracted for at least next season. Cook is still waiting for key midfielder Jimmy Ryan to sign the contract offered to him some weeks ago.

Mark Smith’s Under-18s carried on their impressive run with a 3-0 home win against Notts County. Son of former Blade Paul Beesley, Jake, scored two after Lewis Sugden had opened the scoring direct from a box-edge free-kick. The set play was awarded after George Milner was denied a goal-scoring position by a Notts defender who was consequently sent off.

That incident led to an unsavoury melee at half-time between County official Paul Hart, the ex-Chesterfield manager, and home players and staff as they made their way into the dressing rooms.

The two teams meet again at Arnold Town’s ground next weekend.

Spireites will be able to welcome back skipper Laurence Maguire after completing a three-match ban for a red card picked up in the Derbyshire FA Senior Cup defeat at Glossop North End.

First team skipper Sam Morsy will miss the home game against Coventry City on Saturday, his first of a two game suspension after reaching ten yellow cards.