Chesterfield: Happy ‘Chappy’ extends stay at Spireites before loan move

Goalkeeping coach Eric Nixon and new signing Aaron Chapman
Goalkeeping coach Eric Nixon and new signing Aaron Chapman
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Goalkeeper Aaron Chapman is happy to have secured his immediate future after he signed a new two-year contract at Chesterfield.

The 23-year-old, who penned an initial one-year deal when he signed from Belper Town last summer, is yet to make his league bow for the Spireites.

But he is highly-regarded at the Proact Stadium and boss Paul Cook hinted last month the keeper would be in line for an extension.

The north Derbyshire club have been eager to find Chapman first team experience out on loan and he has been training at Premier League giants Everton and Championship side Bolton Wanderers in recent weeks.

Chapman said: “It’s just brilliant to get that bit of security. Now I’ve just got to push on and try and get into the first team. It’s a great club.

“There’s only one way it’s going and that’s up, I’m just happy to be a part of it.”

Just hours after he signed a new contract, Chapman joined Conference Premier strugglers Chester FC on a month’s loan.

Spireites manager Cook said: “Going to Chester, getting some games and playing competitive football will do him the world of good.

“I think he’ll be a great acquisition for Chester. Not only is he a good goalkeeper, he’s a great lad. He wants to learn and he wants to get better.”

On securing the keeper’s services past this summer, Cook added: “I’m delighted for Aaron to sign. He’s improving every day but unfortunately, because he’s got no football CV, we’ve found it very difficult to get him a loan club. We’re pleased with him.

“Giving lads longer contracts is something that we need to look into at the club.”

Chapman was one of three players to go out on loan on Friday. He will be joined at Chester by defender Matty Brown and the pair will remain on loan until March 7.

Striker Jacob Hazel, fresh from a month at Northern Premier side Buxton FC where he made five appearances, has joined Conference North outfit Bradford Park Avenue until March 8.