Gary Liddle has added his own rave reviews about Jon Nolan to the ones he received before the 24-year-old joined him at the Proact.
Nolan has looked the part of a League One midfielder after signing from non-league Grimsby Town in the summer and Liddle is enjoying their partnership.
The veteran, in his 10th League One campaign, admitted he was bemused by Nolan’s previous lack of Football League experience.
“It’s strange,” said the Chesterfield skipper.
“I was at Middlesbrough as a young player and got lucky when Danny took me to Hartlepool.
“You find yourself at 19 or 20 with no real path to the first team and Nolo took the step to drop down more than a few leagues.
“He’s found himself at Grimsby.”
Nolan’s exploits with the Mariners, who won promotion to the Football League last season, put him on Liddle’s radar.
The 30-year-old said: “I’ve got a couple of friends who played at Grimsby with him and they sent rave reviews about him even before he signed here.
“When he did sign I was pretty pleased that he did, with the potential of playing next to him.
“He was unfortunate to get injured in pre-season, probably didn’t have the pre-season he wanted, but since he’s come in he’s found his fitness and got better game by game. He looks a real find.”
Along with being impressed by Nolan’s fitness and the way he’s performed on the pitch, Liddle is pleased the new man has settled so well into new surroundings.
“He’s a fit lad, we didn’t do crazy running tests but the ones we did do in pre-season, he was at the forefront of all of them,” revealed the captain.
“And on top of being a good player, he’s a top lad and has fitted into the squad seamlessly.
“Hopefully we’ll get the best of him this season and he’ll stick around for a few years.”