CHESTERFIELD: Search goes on despite Sam Hird arrival

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Despite signing former Doncaster Rovers central defender Sam Hird, Chesterfield are still in the market for at least one more defender.

John Sheridan’s current squad has just four defenders in it - new skipper Hird joining Neal Trotman, Nathan Smith and former midfielder Tendayi Darikwa, though two of his midfielders can also operate at the back.

Sheridan said of his new man: “I’m delighted we have been able to agree a two year deal with Sam. He’s the type of player who will bring experience and leadership qualities to the squad.”

Hird said it was a tough decision to leave Doncaster but added; “When you are out of contract and you’ve got two good offers from other clubs, and Rovers couldn’t make me an offer that I wanted at this time, in a sense it was made for me.

“I could have stayed on at Rovers, just picked up my money and toddled along next season but I think I’d have been doing myself an injustice,” he said. “At 24 I want to be playing regularly and I’m ready for a fresh challenge,”

He added: “I met John Sheridan who showed a lot of interest in me - he tried to get me on loan last season when I was out of the team - and he made me a good offer.

“He said he is going to make me captain, which was one of the deciding factors over the other offer I had as well, as was the fact that he wants to play me at centre-back.

“He also told me which way he wanted the club to go and that matched my ambitions.”