Curtis Weston on Chesterfield's aims for next season, his best goal and maintaining fitness

It would be “crazy” for Chesterfield not to aim for promotion from the National League next season.

Friday, 15th May 2020, 9:47 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th May 2020, 12:26 pm

That is the view of Spireites midfielder Curtis Weston, who admitted it was another “disappointing” campaign despite the upturn in results when John Pemberton took over in January.

“I always think to myself this is definitely one of the most talented squads I have been involved in and for us to not look at getting promotion would be crazy but of course it is not always that simple,” Weston told the DT.

“Once we have established the team we have got and who has been brought in we can probably have a look at it a bit more but even with the players that are staying you would have to look at being at the top end of the table with the ability that we have got.

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Curtis Weston scored six goals this season, including this header against Torquay United.

“It is about taking the form we showed at the end of the season into next season and going from there.”

The Blues were 19th and just two points above the bottom four when the season was halted and later cancelled because of the coronavirus.

“Overall it is disappointing because at the start of the season you are looking to be towards the top and looking to go for promotion,” the 33-year-old said.

“At a club like ours, and if you look at the team we have got on the paper, you are wanting to push on.

Weston has another year to run on his contract.

“We have just got to show that form over a more consistent period in games we will be a lot better next season.”

The midfielder, who still has another year to run on his contract, scored six goals this season including a few long-range strikes.

When asked what his best goal of the campaign was, he replied: “It would have to be the Yeovil goal - the volley.

“It was a little bit disappointing because a couple of goals I scored was when we were behind and trying to come back so I couldn’t celebrate apart from the Wrexham one. The Wrexham one was the most exciting one with the timing of the goal and the scale of the game.”

The 33-year-old made 31 starts this season.

He added that it was a “no brainer” to cancel the remainder of the National League fixtures and that the last game at Dover on March 14 was “strange.”

The ex-Barnet and Gillingham man also said that he would not feel comfortable in having to come back and play football during the ongoing pandemic if Chesterfield’s season had not been cancelled because of the risk it could pose to his family.

Weston is dedicated to his fitness no matter what stage of the season it is and counts himself lucky to be a professional footballer knowing there are a lot more people in a worse situation.

“Even now I continue to tick over just because it is not normal for me to sit around and not be training,” he added.

“For me I like to stay fit even in off season. It is a big part of my life.”