COLUMN: Pair at the end and the start of respective careers should be kept at Proact

In a pair of soon-to-be out of contract centre-backs, Chesterfield can count themselves lucky to have both experience and potential.

Wednesday, 26th April 2017, 4:09 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 7:02 pm
Chesterfield v Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Checkatrade Trophy at the Proact on Tuesday August 30th 2016. Chesterfield player Ian Evatt in action. Photo: Chris Etchells

Ian Evatt and Laurence Maguire represent the past and the future respectively, but both deserve a place in Gary Caldwell’s plans for next season.

Evatt has proven during this campaign that he still has it in him to play regular football at a decent level, while maintaining more consistent performance levels than many of his team-mates.

His absence through injury has been costly and the lack of leadership when he’s not on the pitch is so very evident.

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Chesterfield v Charlton Athletic, Laurence Maguire

Evatt’s desire to win and his intolerance for slackness make him an ideal club captain and there’s no doubt he can more than ‘do a job’ in League Two next season .

While Evatt at 35 is in the twilight of his career, 20-year-old Maguire’s is just beginning.

He’s perhaps more of a footballing central defender than his captain and no one will want to dull his instinct to get on the ball and play.

But the youngster also has real aerial ability and can learn so much from Evatt about what it takes to be physically dominant.

Chesterfield v Charlton Athletic, Laurence Maguire

And since returning from a loan spell at AFC Fylde that appeared to benefit all parties, he hasn’t disgraced himself at all in first team appearances.

If the money is right – in what we all know will be reduced budget – there can surely be few reasons why both men can’t join Sam Hird and Paul McGinn in next season’s defensive corp at the Proact.