Oakwell old boy first up for Spireites

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CHESTERFIELD’S opening-day hosts, Tranmere Rovers, have signed up former Barnsley winger Martin Devaney.

The 31-year-old started just once for the Reds last season, in the opening-day 4-0 loss at QPR, but he did make four starts in an autumn loan spell at Walsall. His on-field time in first-team games in 2011 to date stands at less than two hours.

However, the former Cheltenham man has frequently been a tricky opponent for Chesterfield.

Devaney played the first 45 minutes in Rovers’ final warm-up game, a 2-0 win over what, in essence, was Liverpool reserves.

Chesterfield’s supporters are still desperately waiting for new faces to arrive.

It’s in the striking department that the fans are clamouring to hear news.

With Jack Lester now seemingly a ‘home’ specialist and Jordan Bowery a promising but, as yet, unproven frontman, goal-getting doesn’t look to be as easy as the team made it seem last season.

With Craig Davies at Barnsley and Deane Smalley at Oxford United, replacements have not been recruited.

For the first time since the move to the B2net a year ago, Spireites followers are a little apprehensive about how things will go.

Whilst it looks a decent shout that trialist Rohan Ricketts may be taken on, he’s a right winger first and foremost. Should that occur, Dean Morgan will switch from wide duties to frontman.

He will play alongside either Bowery or Lester at Prenton Park, but just about every Chesterfield supporter is desperate for a new name to be thrown into the ring.