Struggling Spireites out to beef up options

No 2: Tommy Wright
No 2: Tommy Wright
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CHESTERFIELD assistant manager Tommy Wright has confirmed the club are looking to strengthen the squad in the transfer market before their clash with fellow League One strugglers Exeter City.

“We hope to have two or three new players by the weekend, but nothing’s certain until they’ve signed,” said the Spireites number two.

Spireites’ management team have kept tight lipped about their transfer targets but a central midfielder, a striker plus a right back are thought to be high on their priority list.

Reflecting on the 1-1 draw with Oldham Athletic on Bank Holiday Monday, Wright said: “I think we can play better but you have to give the players the credit; they gave it their all.

“In the position we are in, we need to win games but a point is better than nothing.”

Jordan Bowery opened the scoring at the B2net Stadium but Matt Smith levelled on the stroke of half time to leave Chesterfield still searching for their first league victory since September.

Wright added: “We came in at half-time a bit deflated but in the second half we kept going but probably a draw was a fair result.”

The beleaguered Spireites will have Jack Lester available for the Grecians duel after a three match ban and there should also be some new faces in the squad as the club begins to invest in players in a bid to avoid the drop. French midfielder Jimmy Juan could play a part for the first time.

New skipper Neal Trotman, who signed a permanent 18 month deal yesterday from Rochdale after a successful loan period, picked up a broken nose against Oldham but isn’t expected to miss any games as a result.

Winger Dean Morgan (hamstring) faces a battle to be fit after picking up the injury at Scunthorpe United on New Year’s Eve. He is more likely to be ready for the trip to his former club Leyton Orient a week later.

Dean Holden signed for Rochdale until the end of the season.