Spireites are set to announce an extension to Player of the Year Sam Morsy’s contract.
The midfielder, freed by a Port Vale side last year that had publicly criticised his on-pitch temperament, had an exceptional second half to last season before he picked up his first Spireites red card against Exeter City. The subsequent suspension led to him missing the final three games of the Championship campaign.
It’s expected Morsy will sign on for a further two years, doubling the length of his remaining current deal.
Paul Cook, whose main summer targets are two strikers and a midfielder, is prepared to play a waiting game for the right men to become available at the right price.
Former Barnsley striker Jon Parkin, freed by League Two play-off winners Fleetwood Town, is on the radar but the manager’s blueprint for a front man is a combination of mobility and strength and the 32 year old only fits the latter category.
Cook’s budget for the new season means he may well have to be patient. The step up to League One hasn’t brought with it any substantial upward movement in cash available, so the manager will no doubt have to target players looking to make a mark in the Football League rather than ones that come with an exemplary record and associated price tag.