Smalley set to stay on?

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CHESTERFIELD boss John Sheridan is hopeful of signing on-song striker Deane Smalley on a permanent basis.

Smalley, signed on loan from Oldham last month, has hit a rich vein of form with four goals in his last five games and the 22-year-old bagged a brilliant brace on Tuesday night as the League Two leaders impressed with a 2-0 victory at Gillingham.

Sheridan says he would love to keep Smalley with his side looking hot favourites for promotion and are 11 points clear of the side in fourth place, Rotherham.

“I’ve spoken to Oldham and we’re going to try and keep him,” said Sheridan. “I’ve spoken to him and hopefully we can get something sorted.

“He’s got that pace and a good eye for goal. When he’s in a confident mood I know what he can do, I saw that when I had him at Oldham. He’s getting a few games and he’s getting a few goals.

“You can see he’s getting his fitness back after one or two injuries and I’m really pleased with the way he’s enjoying himself with us.”

Saturday’s home game with Bradford City is scheduled to be Smalley’s last of his loan spell from Oldham Athletic. Ian Breckin, yet to lose when he’s started a league game, will hope for a recall after sitting on the bench at Priestfield. He’d felt stiff after the goalless draw at Shrewsbury and was rested.

Spireites, unbeaten now in seven, made it three straight clean sheets for the first time since 2007.