Patience pays off as Spireites boss lands Roberts

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Boss Paul Cook has landed his first choice left-winger, Gary Roberts, after lengthy negotiations with player and previous club Swindon Town.

The 29 year old Liverpudlian has signed a three-year deal after being released by Swindon with a year left on his contract.

Chief executive Chris Turner expressed excitement at the signing, heaping praise on the newcomer. He said: “Gary is a quality signing. I don’t think there’s anybody outside the Premiership who’s better on the left wing.

“The left-hand side has been imbalanced for a long time and the addition of Gary will further strengthen the firepower as he creates and scores goals.

“Paul Cook has patiently waited for the deal to be done as he was very keen to bring Gary in. Chairman Dave Allen has provided some great support to ensure the conclusion of the deal.”

Roberts moved to the County Ground last summer after helping Huddersfield Town reach the previous three League One play-offs - they were successful in the 2012 final. He became a regular in the Swindon side that also made the League One play-offs, a 70-yard lobbed goal against Tranmere Rovers being one of his highlights there.

He began as a youth at Liverpool before drifting into Welsh football with Denbigh, Bala, Rhyl, Bangor and Welshpool.

He then joined Accrington Stanley when Cook and his assistant, Leam Richardson, were players at the Crown Ground and he helped them gain league status in his first season there.

After 14 games in League Two for Stanley, during which he scored eight goals, he moved to Ipswich Town and had a loan spell at Crewe Alexandra before a £250,000 deal took him to Huddersfield, for whom he provided four assists for Jordan Rhodes in a memorable 4-4 draw with the Owls.

Roberts joins Tendayi Darikwa, Sam Togwell, Jay O’Shea and Jimmy Ryan in what’s beginning to look like a potent midfield.

The Spireites want a quality squad of around 18 players, so the addition of targets Sam Morsy (Port Vale) and Ryan Cresswell (Southend United) could bring the manager’s roster close to its conclusion.