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Defender Paul McGinn joins Chesterfield FC

Paul McGinn Credit: PA

Chesterfield FC have made a fourth pre-season signing with defender Paul McGinn joining on a two-year contract.

The 25-year-old, who will officially join the club on July 1, is a free agent after coming to the end of his contract at Dundee.

McGinn will join fellow new recruits Kristian Dennis, Jon Nolan and Ched Evans when the players report for the start of pre-season training on July 4.

"Paul's arrival will greatly strengthen the level of competition for a place on the right-hand side of defence. He is very athletic and comes highly recommended."

– Chris Turner, Chesterfield FC chief executive

Chesterfield sack Saunders

Dean Saunders had only been in charge for six months Credit: PA

Chesterfield have sacked manager Dean Saunders.

The former Doncaster Rovers boss only appointed in May, but the club are 16th in the table after Saturday's 4-0 home defeat by Swindon Town.

The Welshman lost 11 of his 20 league games in charge, and the Spireites are only four points above the relegation zone.

The club thanked Saunders for his efforts and added:

We will not be rushed into making a decision on a new manager.

– Chesterfield chairman Dave Allen

Spireites sign premiership player for undisclosed fee

Chesterfield have signed Liam O'Neil from West Bromwich Albion for an undisclosed fee.

Liam O'Neil Credit: Nigel French/PA Archive/PA Images

O,Neil, 22, who can play in defence or midfield, has made five Premier League appearances.

Liam is a young player who has played in West Brom's first team. He's exactly what we want - a midfield player who can also play at the back, if required.

"He's one for the future for us, having been tracked by the club for two-and-a-half years. We were going to loan him but we've managed to sign him permanently, which is great for the long-term future of the club."

– Spireites manager Dean Saunders

O'Neil made 22 appearances in League One last season while on loan at Scunthorpe United.

The length of the contract signed by O'Neil has not been disclosed.

O'Neil admits that he cannot wait to get started. He said: “ I want to get some experience and develop as a player and I think I’ll be able to do that here. I’m looking forward to it and I’m excited."

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