Davies on verge of quitting champions

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Chesterfield - having scored more goals than in any season since 1956-57 - look certain to lose the player who scored more than anyone else.

Craig Davies, aged 25, scored 25 of them after joining the club last summer from Brighton but looks certain to move with the money that will be dangled in front of his nose. His quantity of goals marks his best ever season.

Three years ago, playing for John Sheridan at Oldham, he notched 13, meaning over 60% of his career goals have come in his 100 games playing for his current boss.

The Spireites manager, hoping for a change of heart from the striker, said: “We wouldn’t have got where we are without Craig’s goals and I’m sure he appreciates me getting on at him all of the time; most of his goals have come when playing for me.”

Davies’s likely departure means Sheridan will redouble efforts to tempt Jack Lester and Deane Smalley to sign for Spireites. Parent club Oldham have offered a deal to Smalley which means, as he’s only 22, compensation must be paid.