Spireites release four and want five to stay

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Chesterfield’s League Two title winning boss Paul Cook has confirmed discussions with five out of contract players are ongoing.

Jay O’Shea, Ritchie Humphreys, Sam Hird, Marc Richards and Nathan Smith are currently mulling over new deals put to them.

Whereas quartet Sam Togwell, Jamie Devitt, Matty Brown and Jacob Hazel have all been released by the Spireites.

Cook said: “All of the players have made a contribution and we would like to thank them and wish them the very best for the future.

“Talks are now taking place with the players whose current deals are about to expire and we will know the outcome of those negotiations in due course.”

O’Shea played a central part in the closing weeks of the season with the two goals which secured promotion at Burton Albion.

He justified his selection once more six days later when he crossed for Sam Hird’s equaliser against Fleetwood Town in front of a packed Proact Stadium.

Spireites went on to win the game thanks to a goal from the influential Gary Roberts and sealed the championship on the way.

He turned out more than 40 times for the club this season, as did versatile duo Hird and current PFA chairman Humphreys.

Richards led the line early on in the campaign and scored eight goals come January but hasn’t been able to find the net since.

While Smith is understood to have impressed on his return to the team in the final five matches of the season from a lengthy injury.

Experienced midfielder Togwell has had the most influence at the club, having made over 50 appearances during his two year stay at the Proact.

The bulk of those came last campaign, as the 29-year-old made just ten appearances this time around and spent time on loan at Wycombe Wanderers.