FOOTBALLERS are often portrayed as greedy, pampered individuals who only care about their bank balances.
But Chesterfield’s caretaker manager Tommy Wright reckons new addition Luis Boa Morte has moved to the League Two outfit to reignite his career.
Boa Morte, a former Portuguese international, joined Chesterfield on Wednesday night following a conversation with Spireites assistant Mark Crossley, who was a team-mate of the winger’s at Fulham. The former Arsenal and West Ham winger is set to stay at the Proact Stadium until the New Year.
Wright said: “Luis is a very humble guy; he has played at the top and he’s a very wealthy man. There’s a lot of bad press about footballers, but money never came into the equation. He just wanted to come and play.”
Boa Morte has been training with Fulham and, subject to international clearance, will be part of Chesterfield’s squad against Dagenham and Redbridge tomorrow.
Wright has revealed how the deal came about.
“Last Friday night when we travelled overnight to Aldershot Town, myself and Mark (Crossley) went to watch a reserves match (at Fulham) and Luis was there. He’s been training with Fulham for the last few months and he was saying he just wanted to go out and play and that he’d had one or two offers but he wasn’t sure too sure what to do.
“We went away and the next day thought whether he would be prepared to come and play for Chesterfield, so Mark gave him a call and he was very interested and it just went from there.”
Boa Morte, aged 35, added: “I came here because I have a passion for the game. I’d been training with Fulham but wasn’t playing and, after a chat with a few clubs where we never quite reached the end of the conversation, Chesterfield approached me so I decided to join them.”
Skipper Sam Hird (neck) is in line for a first-team comeback against the Daggers but Wright has indicated Danny Whitaker (groin) is unlikely to be risked. Mark Randall and Scott Boden are available for selection again.