Spireites have signed former Rotherham United midfielder Ollie Banks until the end of next season for an undisclosed fee.
The son of ex-Chesterfield assistant manager Ian, who also played at Rotherham and Barnsley, had been with FC United of Manchester. Since leaving the Millers in 2012 he’s played for Gainsborough Trinity, Scarborough Athletic and North Ferriby United.
Banks, who’ll be 21 on Saturday, is delighted to be making a return to the Football League. He said: “I can’t tell you how happy I am after two years out of the professional game. It’s a very exciting time to be joining Chesterfield with the club at the top of the table.”
Chesterfield assistant-manager Leam Richardson added: “He’s a young lad we’ve identified as a very good prospect. We expect him to go on and make the first-team breakthrough and be a big part of what we’re trying to do.”
His one league appearance in the League for Rotherham saw him come on as a 77nd minute substitute for Nicky Law in a home game against Torquay United in May 2011 and he scored within three minutes in a 3-1 win. Law is, of course, the son of Nicky senior who was assistant boss Banks senior’s manager at both Saltergate and Bradford City.