Humphreys extends stay at the Proact with dual role

Ritchie Humphreys will remain a Chesterfield player for another season.

Thursday, 26th May 2016, 3:24 pm
Updated Thursday, 26th May 2016, 5:33 pm
Braintree Town vs Chesterfield - Ritchie Humphries - Pic By James Williamson

And the veteran is to take on an official coaching role at the Proact.

The Spireites announced today that the 38-year-old has signed a new contract and will add to his 64 league appearances for the Spireites.

He joined the club in 2013 and last season played just three times in League One.

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But he’s not ready to call it a day as a player just yet.

Speaking to the club’s own website he said: “I’ve always said that I’d like to carry on playing for as long as I feel fit and able and I can be an influence around the club and the training ground.

“To carry on as a player means a lot to me; I didn’t play a lot last season, but was on the bench quite a bit. You want to play for as long as possible, but also by staying on as a player I can play with the younger lads in the reserves where I can coach from the middle of the pitch.”

Humphreys, who is chairman of the Professional Footballers Association, was put in charge of the reserves last season and came close to a league title with the second string.

His status as a club coach has now been made official.

He said: “I had the coaching experience here last year.

“It was an unofficial role but I was balancing being a player and a coach. I’ve got to a certain age now where that crossover period has come, a bit later than I expected to be honest, which I am very thankful over – playing games past 35.

“I will be combining both roles and I’m fully committed to being the best I can be in both departments.”