Gary McSheffrey has left Chesterfield in search of first team football at League Two rivals Scunthorpe United.
The former Coventry City and Birmingham City forward penned a four month deal with the Spireites in September which expired on Monday.
The 31-year-old was hopeful of extending his stay at the Proact Stadium when he signed but his chances have been limited.
He made nine appearances during that time, scoring twice in a blue shirt. The pick being the winning goal in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat of Mansfield Town.
After discussions with the management staff last week McSheffrey was allowed to go out on trial at Scunthorpe and impressed when he scored a second half hat-trick in a reserve match.
McSheffrey penned a contract with the Iron, who currently lead the way at the top of the division, until the end of the season.
His move will add an extra spice to the eagerly-anticipated encounter between the two sides at Glanford Park on February 8.
While a Spireites X1 are in action tonight in the quarter final of the Derbyshire Senior Cup against Borrowash Victoria. Chesterfield struck seven past Long Eaton United just last week in the previous round. Victoria beat Belper Town 2-1 to set up the tie.