Chesterfield: Just two new faces as Spireites report back

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Chesterfield report back for pre-season training tomorrow with just two newcomers and two young guns promoted from the youth set-up.

Strikers Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Rai Simons – signed from Preston and Ilkeston respectively – join last season’s two undoubted U18 stars, striker Jake Beesley and defender Laurence Maguire.

Ebanks-Blake - clearly the marquee signing to date – has already been working on his fitness with coach Mal Purchase, who was officially unveiled yesterday.

And Simons will be looking forward to his first season as a league player.

Along with Beesley – son of ex-Sheffield United ace Paul – and Maguire – brother of former Blade Harry – the teenage trio will be hoping to develop this season within a proposed reserves section and hopefully attract attention for an occasional first team appearance.

Dean Saunders has committed to developing youngsters and these three new faces along with the likes of Mani Dieseruvwe, Michael Onovwigun and Gboly Ariyibi will present the manager and his staff with a major project as Spireites seek to increase the number of youngsters they bring into the first team squad.

The squad will be minus major players Gary Roberts and Jimmy Ryan who have joined Portsmouth and Fleetwood respectively having started the vast majority of games last season.

Saunders is still desperate to add to his roster as he hopes to see the team progress after being led to the play-offs by Paul Cook last season.

Keepers Tommy Lee and Aaron Chapman have both been undergoing fitness regimes this summer after ending last season on the injured list with Chapman having undergone surgery on his ankle. They will be reunited with coach Mark Crossley who has returned to the Proact after a two year absence.