Spireites hope to become Real deal

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake with his new Spireites shirt
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake with his new Spireites shirt
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Chesterfield are using methods similar to those in use at Spanish giants Real Madrid, in a bid to get their players firing on all cylinders next season.

New conditioning coach Mal Purchase has been working the players hard, but smartly in a bid to get them fully fit for next months’ league opener at home to Barnsley using hi-tech monitoring equipment similar to that used by Madrid.

Spireites’ new boss Dean Saunders has regularly said that his squad will be the fittest in the league this season, and new signing Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was working with Purchase for a couple of weeks ahead of pre-season formally starting on July 1, as part of a plan to get him fully fit after injuries have limited his last two pre-season stints.

Supporters will be hoping for a glimpse of the striker in action when Saunders’ men begin their pre-season campaign on Thursday, with a trip to Matlock Town (7.45pm).

The game will give Saunders his first opportunity to see his charges in a full-scale game and he’s indicated he’s hoping to see all of his players in action either at Causeway Lane or 24 hours later when they travel to Buxton.

Ebanks-Blake is Saunders’ only signing to date as Spireites other new face, Rai Simons from Ilkeston, had been snapped up during Paul Cook’s tenure.

Ebanks-Blake, twice the Championship’s leading scorer, is key in Saunders’ plans and ensuring he’s fit and ready for the second Saturday in August is the staff’s aim.

Matlock are currently managed by former Doncaster Rovers player Mark Hume. His assistant, Scott Maxfield, also played for Rovers whilst former Miller Martin McIntosh is in charge at Buxton.