Chesterfield: New boys make trip for season bow

Chesterfield's Romy Boco.
Chesterfield's Romy Boco.
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Spireites new signings Romy Boco and Daniel Johnson have both made the trip for the opening test of the season at Leyton Orient.

With Dan Gardner and Jay O’Shea not likely to be involved, Boco looks certain to make his debut as he re-teams with Paul Cook.

The attacking midfielder, who’s shown up well in pre-season games and has earned a non-contract spot in the squad, was a team mate of Cook’s at Accrington Stanley before following him to Ireland and Sligo Rovers.

The Benin International, who’s played in three African Cup of Nations tournaments, had three spells with Sligo before moving back to the Crown Ground when Cook took over from John Coleman there. Last season, ironically, he played for ex-Chesterfield boss John Sheridan at Plymouth Argyle after turning down an offer to move to the Proact.

Cook said of the game: “It’s a game against a team that, in my opinion, should be favourites to win the league. I’m not saying that because we’re playing them, it’s because they’re good. I think Russell Slade’s done a fantastic job in getting some players that wouldn’t be recognised as top players playing with a spirit, and you can see how much they want to win together.

“I saw them last week against Ipswich Town and the play good open football, so it doesn’t look like a 0-0.”