The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Joshua Richards

FOOT­BALL is a game of fine mar­gins and no-one knows that bet­ter than Ch­ester­field de­fender Drew Tal­bot.

Ear­lier in the sea­son, hip in­juries left the right-back’s ca­reer in tat­ters and he ad­mits he claim close to re­tir­ing from the game.

But af­ter a spell on loan at Ply­mouth, the 28-year-old is re­ju­ve­nated and has be­come a cru­cial part of the Spire­ites’ push for an un­likely pro­mo­tion.

The ex-Lu­ton man ad­mits go­ing up to the Cham­pi­onship would be the per­fect end to a fairy­tale sea­son.

“I’ve been lucky to win three pro­mo­tions and to get an­other one here would be awe­some, be­cause I’ve been here such a long time,” said Tal­bot, who joined the club in 2009.

“I was a 30-sec­ond con­sul­ta­tion from quit­ting, but for­tu­nately it went well, I dug in and I’ve played 12 or 13 games in a row.

“I broke down in train­ing and went to see the sur­geon and he said, ‘You have to try and battle on and if it works, it works, and if it doesn’t, you have to ac­cept that’.

“I was very grate­ful to Ply­mouth for tak­ing me down there be­cause not a lot of peo­ple would have wanted to touch a player who had been out for so long.”

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