Chesterfield: New boy told to curb his ‘nasty’ side

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Twenty-one-year old Sam Morsy has finally agreed to move to the Proact Stadium from Port Vale.

The solid central midfielder has signed a two-year contract after the two clubs agreed on compensation as Vale offered Morsy a new deal and he’s under the age of 24.

Morsy explained his choice; “I know the ambition of the club and I want to be a part of it.”

He was a teammate of Spireites boss Paul Cook’s son as a junior at Wolves, prompting Morsy to add: “I’ve known the manager for a number of years and I know his philosophy. That was a big factor in my decision to sign.”

Cook said: “He’s a very tenacious central midfielder who can handle the ball and drive forward. He’s got that little bit of devilment in him that we’ll need to curb at times but good players have that. He’s a good age and he comes in with a desire to get better.”

Morsy made 79 appearances for Vale, scoring four goals, after making his debut early in 2010.

He fell out of favour somewhat last November after being red-carded against Rochdale when Vale were two up. The game ended in a draw and Vale assistant manager Mark Grew slammed the player: “The sending-off changed the game and the only to person to blame for that is Sam Morsy. It is down to him that we’ve drawn. It feels like we’ve lost.

“I’ve known him since he was a 16-year-old kid down in Wolverhampton, and he’s always had a nasty side to his game. But that wasn’t nasty, it was stupidity. It’s cost us dearly.”

Cook, however, is confident he can handle the lad he’s known for years. “It’ll be made clear to him, as it is with everybody, that he’s got to knuckle down and work hard and put the nasty side away,” he said.

The Spireites now have six midfielders all more than capable of starting in the first 11, making the engine room the most competitive area of the squad at this stage.

Morsy, Sam Togwell and Jimmy Ryan are the main competitors for the central spots with Gary Roberts, Tendayi Darikwa and Jay O’Shea in the mix for wide or ‘in the hole’ positions.

Defender Ryan Cresswell remains Cook’s next main target.