Downes pens long-term deal
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chesterfield defender Aaron Downes has signed a new two-year contract.Chesterfield defender Aaron Downes has signed a new two-year contract with the League One club.
The young Australian will remain with the North Derbyshire club until the summer of 2007, having played on a short-term deal for most of the current season.
Despite making just 10 appearances for Roy McFarland's side, Downes is a part of the Australia Under-20 team that has qualified for this summer's World Youth Championship in Holland.
"He is a youngster with lots of potential but, like myself at his age, he has made mistakes which is all part of the learning process," McFarland told the club's official website. "I predict he will only get better."
The Spireites, meanwhile, have also tabled new contract offers to midfielder Gareth Davies and striker Caleb Folan.
One player to leave Saltergate, however, is goalkeeper Andrew Richmond after the club decided he was surplus to requirements.