Chesterfield have confirmed that ‘a small group’ of out-of-favour players have been furloughed.

The Spireites also point out that the decision was taken ‘in consultation with the PFA’ and that there are ‘other National League clubs who have furloughed players.’

Following John Pemberton’s departure as manager in November, Gloucester City boss James Rowe took over, with a number of new signings made since, as the former Aldershot Town assistant looks to mould his own team.

Chief executive John Croot said as part of a statement this weekend: “Our player recruitment strategy has been put in place to re-shape the squad and provide long-term savings. A small group of players who do not feature in the manager’s plans have now been placed on furlough.

“This decision was taken in consultation with the PFA and there are other National League clubs who have furloughed players. The players in question will receive their full salary and we will continue to provide support to ensure that their mental well-being requirements are met during this time.

“Some of the players could have joined other clubs by now had it not been for the fact that the National League North and National League South fixture programmes have been suspended, leading to us to take this temporary measure.”

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