Chesterfield have recently been assessing six trialists in their pre-season encounters, as Paul Cook aims to bolster his strong-looking squad ahead of their return to League One. Although only defenders Daniel Jones and Charlie Raglan have been recruited currently this summer, Roumald Boco, Luke Clarke, Adam Morgan, Nicky Featherstone, Paul McElroy and Jay Lynch have all featured in at least one of the Spireites’ warm-up matches so far with a hope of earning a contract with the North Derbyshire outfit.
Winger Roumald Boco is very familiar with the Blues’ manager Paul Cook as the pair have spent time at Irish club Sligo Rovers and League Two outfit Accrington Stanley together. Boco’s ten goals for Stanley in season 2012-13 prompted former Chesterfield boss John Sheridan to take the Benin international to Plymouth, but his spell at Home Park wasn’t as successful, as Boco only managed to strike once in 27 appearances. His one-year deal with Argyle has now expired and there is a chance that he could be wearing the blue of Chesterfield next term, after figuring in friendlies at Matlock, Shrewsbury, Alfreton and Lincoln.
Another ex-Accrington man is central midfielder Luke Clark, who was released by Stanley earlier this year after featuring only seven times for Beattie’s men last season. The 20 year-old played in yesterday’s 2-1 defeat at Lincoln along with former Hull youngster Paul McElroy, who strangely cancelled his contract with Sheffield Wednesday after spending just three weeks in South Yorkshire. McElroy has represented Northern Ireland at Under 21 level, and he is a left-sided winger that is also capable of filling in at full-back.
Ex-Liverpool forward Adam Morgan may be a more familiar name to outsiders, following an unsuccessful stint with recently-relegated Yeovil Town in the Championship. Morgan, 20, was told that he is free to find a new club after only featuring 12 times for the Glovers and failing to find the net in his underwhelming spell at Huish Park. The ex-England youth international will hope to be part of the strong Scouse contingent in the Spireites’ dressing room next term.
25 year-old central midfielder Nicky Featherstone is seeking pastures new following his departure from Walsall this year. The Hull City product played 25 times for the Saddlers last season, and he spent time on loan at North Ferriby, Grimsby and Hereford during his time at in Humberside. Featherstone also appeared on eight occasions for Hull’s first team during his five year spell there as a young professional, and he has featured in friendlies at Shrewsbury, Alfreton and Lincoln for Chesterfield.
Finally, former Bolton trainee goalkeeper Jay Lynch kept goal in the convincing 5-1 victory at Alfreton, but the 21 year-old didn’t feature at Sincil Bank yesterday. All six of the trialists future with Cook’s men remains unclear, but it is clear that the Liverpudlian chief is wanting to add fresh quality into his squad, as Chesterfield prepare to face different challenges in the third tier of English football.