CHESTERFIELD: Spireites men playing for their futures in finale

Out of contract: Chesterfield must decide Danny Whitaker's future.'                  Picture: dean atkins
Out of contract: Chesterfield must decide Danny Whitaker's future.' Picture: dean atkins
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With only eight of them remaining in contract for next season, tomorrow’s Spireites home game against Brentford will be a swansong for several players in blue.

Of those still tied to John Sheridan’s side for their return to League Two, Jack Lester (groin) and Neal Trotman (knee) will be absent through injury.

Left-back Nathan Smith has been in and out of the side since the turn of the year whilst Mark Allott has been on the sidelines for the last five games. Both could return for the season’s finale.

Attacking players Jordan Bowery and Craig Westcarr will almost certainly start as will Drew Talbot, probably at right back, and keeper Tommy Lee.

So at least half a dozen players, including the current loanees, could be appearing in the team for the last time.

Of the borrowed men Belgian Franck Moussa, a Leicester City asset, would be the one that most fans would love to see back at the club permanently. His manager praised his efforts following last week’s relegation clinching defeat at Yeovil.

Out of contract players include Gregor Robertson, injured for much of the last couple of years but when fit, he’s gained plenty of admirers and Danny Whitaker. The midfielder has split opinions this season with the management team regularly defending his abilities.

In the last three games, Whitaker has come off the bench and scored, the main reason the all but inevitable drop was delayed for several weeks. He’ll be the first to admit that this season he’s not always been at the top of his game.

However last term, in League Two, he bagged 15 goals and made the PFA team of the season. His future is one of the dilemmas Sheridan and his colleagues will have been contemplating of late.

Striker Scott Boden, midfielder Mark Randall plus French duo of Alex Mendy and Jimmy Juan will all be in the shop window, hoping to impress either Sheridan or anyone else watching in a bid to secure at least another year in the Football League.

Uwe Rosler’s Brentford, will be smarting following their home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday last week, a loss that ended their play-off dreams. They could recall Clinton Morrisson who was ineligible to play against his parent club last week.