SIMON GRAYSON says Huddersfield Town will be treating tonight’s trip to Chesterfield just as seriously as tomorrow’s high-profile home friendly against Barcelona.
The chance to host the Spanish giants’ B team at the renamed John Smith’s Stadium arose after Grayson had fixed up the game against the Spireites.
Chesterfield manager John Sheridan is a long-standing friend, and Town played a development game there last season as well as visiting for a League I clash.
Lee Novak and Jordan Rhodes notched as Town won 2-0 in March, giving Sheridan’s side another push towards their eventual relegation.
The former Oldham boss has been busy over the close-season, bringing in a string of new faces as he plots a repeat of the club’s 2011 League II promotion success.
Port Vale striker Marc Richards, Scunthorpe midfielder Sam Togwell and defenders Sam Hird (Doncaster) and Terrell Forbes (Leyton Orient) are among those to have arrived.
The match is a step-up for the Spireites, who so far in pre-season, have seen off Staveley Miners’ Welfare and Matlock, drawn at Telford, and lost to Alfreton.
Grayson is also expecting a good work-out after calling for a big improvement in the wake of the 1-0 friendly defeat at Crewe and goalless draw at Oldham.
"It will be a good game for us," said the Town chief, who could give first pre-season run-outs to defender Jamie McCombe (back) and midfielder Scott Arfield (ankle).