Newly appointed Chesterfield captain Robbie Weir has a point to prove after a bitterly disappointing debut season as a Spireite.
The Northern Irish midfielder was unable to prevent the club’s and his own personal second consecutive relegation.
His departure appeared all but certain this summer and he admits he considered it.
“Last season wasn’t the season I wanted personally, playing wise and for the club as well,” he said.
“It’s not that I wanted to leave, it was just if something came up, would the manager let me go.”
But new boss Martin Allen was keen to keep the 29-year-old and after an impressive showing in fitness tests, made him captain.
Weir is now out to show everyone Allen has made the right choice.
“I decided to keep training throughout the summer, I’ve worked hard and come back, had a good meeting with the new manager.
“I’ve looked fresh and fit in training and the manager likes it and has made me captain.
“It’s a point I want to prove to myself, to my family and to the fans, that I’m the right man for the job to get this club back into the Football League.
“What better way than to prove that point by standing up to it and not moving on?”
The arrival of Allen has lifted the atmosphere at the Proact, according to the former Burton Albion man.
It’s given rise to optimism.
“With the gaffer coming in, the reputation he’s got, the promotions on his CV, seeing what he’s put us through in pre-season, there’s just a different vibe around the place than there was last year,” Weir said.
“It’s a fantastic group, lots of new faces. We had a team bonding trip last week to get to know the new lads.
“We’re all levelled headed people and we’ve all clicked really well.
“I think it’s going to be a good season.”