Spireites a perfect fit for Herd

Spireites a perfect fit for Herd

Posted on November 19, 2015 in 'News'

It’s been a long haul back to fitness for former ECU Joondalup defender academy product Chris Herd, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

The fit-again Socceroo is enjoying his time at Chesterfield and wants to stay at the League One club through to the end of the season. The 26-year old left Aston Villa at the end of the 2014/2015 campaign, and joined Chesterfield on a four-month deal in September. He has been in fine form for the Spireites, making nine appearances since his arrival and he is enjoying it. “I’ve enjoyed it so far,” he said. “My contract is, I have an option in January to extend till the end of the season, so I’m looking to stay till the end of my season and play as many games as I can. I’m enjoying it, the coach is really good and it’s nice to be back on the pitch.”

Herd has battled a series of injuries in recent times, with an Achilles injury forcing him out of the Socceroos Asian Cup campaign in January. Then a knee ligament complaint in February ended his time on loan at Wigan Athletic, and he also had a spell out of the game in March 2014 for personal reasons. But the WA-Born defender said all that is behind him now and he is fit and healthy. “I’ve had unfortunate injuries but it’s just part and parcel of football,” he said.

“I don’t really look into it too much, I don’t try and let it affect me, these injuries. People can give you a lot of criticism over injuries but you’ve just got to prove them wrong. Touch-wood, that’s why I’m trying to do. That’s my goal this season, to prove a lot of people wrong that I can play a full season of football without injuries.”

Chesterfield is currently sitting in 14th position in League One, just four points off the playoff places, this after the club was promoted back into the division in 2014. It has been a solid start to the season with seven wins, two draws and eight losses. Herd has been playing in every game but one in midfield for Chesterfield, despite featuring as a right back for other clubs and for Australia, and he said he prefers to play in a central midfield role. “I’m just really enjoying playing back in that defensive midfield area, where I played at Villa, the season I played my most games,” he said. “I’m enjoying getting into a rhythm back in the middle. I prefer defensive mid, obviously you play where you get told, pretty much, but I’m really enjoying playing in the middle. I’m happy to do what the manager wants me to do.”

Herd had 10 years at Aston Villa, arriving there as 15-year old from ECU Joondalup, but said it was the right time to leave in the summer. “It was just the way the football was going,” the Socceroo said. “It was the right time for me to part from Villa, and you could sort of say kick-start my career again. I’m feeling, touch-wood, quite good so hopefully I remain fit and play as many games as I can. “I had a great time there, I had some great coaches. It’s a good club and they bred a lot of players through. Nothing but good things to say about my time there.”

Herd made his long-awaited debut for Australia in September last year against Belgium. But he had been selected in Socceroo squads before but had to pull out because of injuries. He wants to wants to play for the green and gold again but is firmly focused on his club Chesterfield and helping them go up to the Championship. “I enjoyed it, obviously it is great to represent your country,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll do it again. At the moment I’m just concentrating on playing as many games as I can, racking up the numbers and we’re all working together to get promotion.

“We’ve got a very talented team for the division. If we keep the formula right and the team spirit right, we’ll have a good chance of going up, we just have to remain positive.”