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Chesterfield's new signing will score goals after making the switch from King's Lynn Town, says Rowe.




Kairo Mitchell will bring more goals to promotion-chasing Chesterfield – according to his new manager.

Spireites boss James Rowe is confident Mitchell will add to the firepower at his disposal after making the surprise switch from King's Lynn Town.

The 23-year-old striker has joined Chesterfield for a fee believed to be in the region of £25,000 with add-ons if the Derbyshire outfit are promoted, although Lynn reported the figure to be 'undisclosed' when the story broke early on Saturday afternoon.

Kairo Mitchell at The Walks on Saturday after it was announced that he had signed for Chesterfield. Picture: Tim Smith (46052580)
Kairo Mitchell at The Walks on Saturday after it was announced that he had signed for Chesterfield. Picture: Tim Smith (46052580)

Mitchell, who scored eight goals in 22 appearances for Lynn, was an interested spectator in the stands as his new team-mates eventually broke the stubborn resilience of Ian Culverhouse's side at The Walks.

The former Leicester City academy player arrived at Lynn wearing a Chesterfield tracksuit – even though the paperwork had still not been completed.

Rowe said: “We were trying to get it done yesterday (Friday) but we could not quite get it over the line.

“I have watched him intently, the recruitment team have flagged him up to me so I have studied his game.

“He will add hunger to an already hungry group, pace, hold-up play, potential and goals and that is not a bad combination for a centre-forward.

“I have always said that if a player is available that can strengthen us and can move with us in the right direction (then we would be interested).

“He is certainly one of those, one I can develop further and he has got aspirations to play higher like we have at our football club.”

Kairo Mitchell sitting in the stand with a Chesterfield team-mate. Picture: Tim Smith. (46052584)
Kairo Mitchell sitting in the stand with a Chesterfield team-mate. Picture: Tim Smith. (46052584)

After coming through the youth ranks with the Foxes, Mitchell played for Nuneaton and then Coalville Town. He joined the Linnets after one substitute appearance for Dartford last October.

"We thank Kairo for his time at the club and wish him every success for the future,” King’s Lynn Town said in a statement after his sudden departure – hot on the heels of Adam Marriott signing for Eastleigh less than 24 hours earlier.

The Spireites boss was very complimentary about the Linnets after seeing his side come from behind to take the three points with two goals in a minute during the second half.

"They are tactically aware," said Rowe.

"They can adapt and are quite fluid in their play, both in and out of possession.

"They've got good structure and have got a manager who has got them back-to-back promotions. They were no mugs and we knew that.

"Credit to them, there's no relegation but they've picked up two good results in the past two weeks.

"We didn't underestimate them and I think that showed over the course of the 90 minutes where we played with real intensity and got our just rewards in the end.

"Our intensity was excellent. They changed to a diamond, we didn't get to grips with it and they scored. We upped the intensity again in the second half and I thought we deserved to go on and win the game."

Kairo Mitchell celebrates after firing Lynn in front. against Altrincham. Picture: Tim Smith. (45866518)
Kairo Mitchell celebrates after firing Lynn in front. against Altrincham. Picture: Tim Smith. (45866518)


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