Gary Madine spent a month on loan at Saltergate last season, from Carlisle United, at a time when Jack Lester was out with a knee injury. The 20-year-old made four appearances, the first two as a starter, but he was subbed in both games. He failed to find the net and, in truth, didn't make a great impression in North Derbyshire.
However, he did go back a better player, scoring five times in a dozen appearances between his return in March 2010 and the end of the season, including one at Wembley in United's JPT loss against Southampton, more than doubling his career tally to that point.
The Gateshead born front man was having some off the pitch difficulties following an incident at a pub in Carlisle, and a change of scenery involved in a move to Chesterfield was deemed a good idea.
At the time of his signing John Sheridan explained: "If I want balls going into the box I need people that are going to get on the end of them and he gives us that."
On his style of play Madine added: "I'm tall, so a bit of a target man, but I think my feet are all right for my size.
I'll put a full shift in and work hard and fight for everything and I like to think my finishing's not too bad either."
The striker spoke of his career, stating: "I started at Middlesbrough and did a year there at 15 and was released.
"Then Carlisle picked me up from the Sunday League a few months later. I've been on loan at Rochdale and I also spent three months on loan at Coventry.
Most of my league appearances have been from the bench."
He added: "I actually got injured at Chesterfield last season when playing for Rochdale. Aaron Downes it was!"
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