Banks re-joins Spireites

Ollie Banks has re-joined Chesterfield after leaving League Two side Barrow, subject to FA and National League approval.

The 29-year-old midfielder, who previously spent three years at the Technique Stadium, has agreed a two-year contract.

On returning to Chesterfield, Banks said: “I’ve always said that I would love to return, so it’s nice to get it done and be back.

“I’m hoping I can bring a bit of experience – I’m getting a little bit older now. We’ve got a really good group of players and we need to get back where we should be.

“Get behind the lads and continue giving the fantastic support. Hopefully, we’ll get where we need to be.”

Banks started his career at Rotherham United, scoring in his only appearance for the club before being sent out on loan for some first-team experience.

After spells at a few non-league clubs, he moved to FC United of Manchester where he

caught the attention of Paul Cook and Chesterfield.

The Spireites snapped up the young midfielder in September 2013 and Banks immediately showed his promise, winning the Football League’s Young Player of the Month in November.

He was instrumental in helping Chesterfield win the 2013/14 League Two title, as well as reaching the 2013/14 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final and the 2014/15 League One play-offs.

Following his departure from north Derbyshire in 2016, Banks joined Oldham Athletic in a spell that lasted two years – including loans at Tranmere Rovers and Swindon Town.

He joined the former on a permanent basis in 2018 and immediately helped Rovers win promotion from League Two via the play-offs.

The 29-year-old moved to Barrow in 2021 and was handed the captain’s armband, playing a big part in helping Barrow secure their League Two status for the 2022/23 season.