Campbell-Ryce looking to find his rhythm again at Chesterfield
Jamal Campbell-Ryce is looking to find his rhythm again at Chesterfield after a stop-start time at Sheffield United.
The winger made 21 appearances for the Blades under Nigel Adkins but hadn’t featured since a midweek defeat at Bury in the middle of February.
He arrived at the Proact Stadium just in time to join his new team-mates on the bus to Scunthorpe United, hours before making an immediate impact from the bench.
Campbell-Ryce said: “I’ve played quite a bit this season but I was at a stage in the season where I was in for a couple and then out for a few, back in for one then out.
“I didn’t get any rhythm. The first half of the season I was playing more regularly but as the second half progressed my chances became more infrequent.
“As a professional, it’s all well and good being at a big club, but you just want to go out and play football. Everyone just wants to play.”
Chesterfield coach Chris Morgan, formerly part of the backroom staff at Bramall Lane, was “influential” in getting Campbell-Ryce to join the Spireites.
“Morgs has been fantastic,” said the 32-year-old. “He’s a familiar face and he’s made things a lot easier for me to settle.
“As a coach he’s fantastic. He’s done some great sessions at Chesterfield and all the boys are reaping the rewards.
“He’s ambitious and he’s hungry. He was influential in getting me in the building.”
Campbell-Ryce’s second half goal on Saturday, seconds after entering the action at Glanford Park, earned the Spireites a point and he said the team were unlucky not to have got more from the game.
“It was something that kids dream about, making your debut and scoring after 30 or 40 seconds,” he said. “It was a great feeling.
“The gaffer told me to go out and enjoy myself. At the time I was thrown on to help the team get back in to the game. Thankfully I was able to do that.
“I thought it was a game of two halves. Scunthorpe, being the home team, did start off the better. We weren’t at our best in the first half.
“In the second half I thought we took over and we really looked like the only team that was going to win the game.”