Turner salutes Lee as Spireites No 1 agrees contract extension

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CHESTERFIELD chief executive Chris Turner has paid tribute to Tommy Lee, who signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal yesterday, by describing the goalkeeper as the best “outside the Championship”.

The 27-year-old, who started his career at Manchester United, has been an instrumental player for the Spireites since joining the club in 2008 from Macclesfield.

Lee has pledged his future to the League Two club until the summer of 2016 and admits he is “pleased” to have agreed a new contract.

Turner said: “It’s great news for the club and I’m sure the fans will be delighted because Tommy is the best goalkeeper outside the Championship, in my opinion.

“He is a key part of Paul Cook’s plans and we feel the loyalty he has shown to the club is fantastic.”

Manager Cook, meanwhile, has spoken of his disappointment about recent results.

He said: “Once we came away from Port Vale, we were all very buoyant of where we were going. Since then, our form hasn’t taken off like we thought it would.

“There are always contributing factors to that. My job as manager is to try and get the results as quickly as possible and it’s something we are looking forward to doing at Wycombe.”

Cook has transfer listed striker Scott Boden, midfielder Jack Waddle and defender Terrell Forbes.

He commented: “I see the future of the three lads away from our club so they have gone on the list with a view to a loan or permanent deal.

“To keep the balance within the squad, there must be outgoings to allow players to come in.”

n Hyde have swooped to sign veteran midfielder Mark Allott, who was released by Chesterfield in November.