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Chesterfield open talks with Ward

Jamie Ward
Ward joined Chesterfield from Torquay in January 2007

Chesterfield have entered into discussions with in-form striker Jamie Ward over a new contract.

The 22-year-old has already scored 10 goals this season, alerting a number of other clubs to his availability in the summer when his current deal expires.

Manager Lee Richardson told BBC Radio Sheffield: "We are in discussion with with Jamie about a new contract. That's all we can really say at the moment."

Ward has been linked to Sheffield United and Derby County.

Richardson says any club wanting to sign the former Northern Ireland Under-21 international will have to pay market value.

If he decides to move on, then whoever takes him will have to pay compensation because he is under 24

Chesterfield manager Lee Richardson

"I think we have to get to the sort of levels we got for Caleb Folan [500,000] it's only right, but that is for the chairman to decide if a bid comes in.

"It's not that we are a club that gives away its assets too cheaply, but at every level of football everybody has their price.

"If Jamie doesn't want to sign the contract, which will be a good one for us, then he has that right and we can't force him to.

"The only thing that we will rest assured on is that if he decides to move on, then whoever takes him will have to pay compensation because he is under 24."

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see also
Chesterfield v Mansfield
07 Nov 08 |  FA Cup
Ward backs under-fire Richardson
14 Oct 08 |  Chesterfield
Spireites boss keen to keep Ward
08 Jun 08 |  Chesterfield


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