Spireites In The Loan Market

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During the major overhaul of players last summer Paul Cook expressed his desire to work with a smaller squad than the previous campaign, with the subsequent intention of delving into the loan market to cover injuries and suspensions throughout the season.

Here is a look at how those who have both been loaned in and out have fared this term:

Ryan Edwards was the first to join the Spireites on loan this season as cover for Ian Evatt, who continued in his recovery from the knee injury that kept him out for nine months. The 20-year-old defender joined the Spireites from Blackburn in late July and made seven appearances during Chesterfield’s blistering start to the season, before returning to Ewood Park at the end of October.

The Rovers academy product has since had a month’s loan at Tranmere before cementing a starting place under Jim Bentley at Morecambe, where the defender will stay on loan until the end of the season.

Paul Cook faced an injury crisis at the start of October which saw Chris Porter drafted in as cover for a depleted strike force at the Proact. The 29-year-old made four appearances without scoring before returning to Bramall Lane under his former Derby County manager Nigel Clough, and the striker has since reestablished himself in the first team scoring nine goals, notably three in the Blades’ FA Cup run to Wembley.

Going into the busy Christmas period, Cook sought after cover on the left hand side and again recruited from Sheffield United, with 19-year-old Callum McFadzean signing on a six week deal. The youngster made five appearances before returning to his parent club in January, where the England Under-16 International was loaned out to League Two Burton Albion.

With Aaron Chapman gaining experience at Everton and Bolton before being loaned out to Chester, Cook brought in cover for Tommy Lee at the turn of the year in the form of Accrington stopper Ian Dunbavin, whose initial one-month deal was extended until the end of the season.

Daniel Kearns and Mason Bennett were also brought to the Proact as further attacking options with the latter since being recalled by Derby County after making six appearances for Chesterfield, including a late role off the bench in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat against Peterborough United at Wembley.

With six players joining on loan during the course of the season, Paul Cook also made use of the loan system to provide fringe players with some experience in the absence of a reserve team at the Proact this campaign.

Youth team graduates Jack Broadhead and Jacob Hazel have both spent the season away from their parent club, with Broadhead having spells with Buxton and Worksop before joining Matlock on loan until the end of the season where the 19-year-old has secured a regular starting birth in the Gladiators’ defence.

Hazel started the campaign in the Norwegian third division with SK Sprint-Jeløy where the forward scored an impressive 14 goals in ten appearances before returning to England to have spells with Evo-Stick Northern Premier sides Buxton, Bradford Park Avenue and FC United of Manchester, as Paul Cook continued to develop the link between Chesterfield the non league set up following the singings of Ollie Banks and Charlie Raglan from FC United.

Summer singing Aaron Chapman had experience with Everton and Bolton Wanderers before being loaned out to Chester, where the goalkeeper has been part of the side battling to avoid the drop from the Skrill Premier as first choice keeper.

Chapman was joined at the Deva Stadium by Matty Brown who will remain on loan at Chester for the rest of the campaign, after the former Manchester City youth team captain enjoyed a spell on loan with Southport before being recalled to score on his debut for the Spireites against Plymouth.

Jamie Devitt was sent on loan to Morecambe in January having been rewarded with a contract extension at the Proact. The former Hull City prospect has impressed at the Globe arena alongside Ryan Edwards, making regular assists from the wing as the Shrimps look to ensure their survival at the foot of SkyBet League Two.

Sam Togwell enjoyed valuable minutes on the pitch when he was loaned out to Wycombe Wanderers on a month’s loan in March, where the midfielder made four appearances before being recalled in April.

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