Spireites: Chris Turner expects new faces to be added to Chesterfield squad shortly

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Chesterfield FC chief executive Chris Turner says he expects new faces in the squad “fairly immimently.”

Turner, who has turned down bids for both Tendayi Darikwa and Sam Morsy this week, has indicated that he expects new faces in the playing squad “fairly imminently” indicating that some of Dean Saunders’ targets, who are currently training with Championship clubs have been made offers.

He’s also promised that some of the new men will “excite” Spireites supporters.

Spireites bring their pre-season programme to a conclusion at Hartlepool United tomorrow.

Utility man Drew Talbot will be in the squad for the first time this summer after shaking off a hamstring problem.

“He’s probably the fittest he’s ever been,” said Chief Executive Chris Turner, a former Hartlepool Manager and director of sport.

“Mal Purchase (fitness coach) has been working with him to get him fit but more importantly making sure he’ll stay fit and not break down again.”

Chesterfield have never played Hartlepool in a friendly; Ronnie Moore’s North Easterners lost their only home pre-season to date, losing 4-0 to Scunthorpe United and since then they’ve lost 5-3 at Gateshead and won 3-0 at Northern League side Dunston with one of the goals in the win coming from former Spireites’ triallist Nicky Featherstone.

All three goals in the loss at Gateshead were scored by ex-Mansfield Town striker Rakish Bingham in a game that started with former Chesterfield man Trevor Carson in goal.

Saunders will no doubt be going into the game with next week’s clash against Barnsley uppermost in his mind, so the starting eleven is expected to give good clues as to how he’ll approach the match that’s been a focal point since the players returned to training on 1st July.

Armand Gnanduillet, after being floored for a penalty and then scoring on Tuesday at Ilkeston, will be hoping his pre-season form earns him a start at Victoria Park whilst Gboly Ariyibi and Michael Onovwigun have also pressed strong claims to be involved from the start tomorrow.