Chesterfield manager Paul Cook believes winger Gary Roberts is fulfilling expectations at the League Two leaders.
Roberts, who turned 30 today (Tuesday), is the Spireites’ top scorer with 11 goals so far this season as well as 18 assists.
His efforts hadn’t gone unnoticed and he was crowned the division’s Player of the Year at the annual Football League Awards.
Roberts, the former Huddersfield and Swindon man, said ‘it’s been one of the best years of my footballing career’. And his manager praised the contributions he has made both on and off the pitch ahead of his side’s trip to Plymouth Argyle tonight.
Cook said: “When Gary signed for us, if you look back at the time, it was a great signing for Chesterfield. I remember people asking why he would drop to League Two.
“But, at the minute, he’s on his way to Wembley, we sit top of League Two today, we might not be top tomorrow, and he’s just got player of the year in League Two.
“So everything that Gary got brought here to do, to date, he is doing it and he’s doing it in abundance.
“At football clubs you must have a level of professionalism about what you do and Gary, along with a lot of other lads at this club, tick those boxes really well.”
Roberts bagged a brace as the Spireites ran out 3-0 winners over Oxford United on Saturday in what he described as ‘one of the best weekends of my life’.
Mason Bennett, who joined Chesterfield on loan last week from Derby County, was also recognised as he was named the Championship’s Apprentice of the Year.
The 17-year-old has featured more than 30 times for the Rams after making his bow aged just 15. He has also earned England under-17s and under-19s caps.
While the Spireites had another connection to the awards ceremony when Steve Fletcher, who played over 30 times during 2007/08 season, was honoured with the Sir Tom Finney Award.