New signing Sam Hird has admitted being offered the captaincy was a major factor in moving from Doncaster Rovers to Chesterfield.
The 24-year-old defender told BBC Radio Sheffield that Rovers manager Dean Saunders wanted him to stay.
Hird said: "I had offers from League One clubs and from Doncaster.
"But [Spireites boss] John Sheridan telling me he wanted me to be his captain and a big part of what he was trying to do made a big impact."
Hird, who played 143 games for Rovers, will move to the Spireites on a two-year deal starting on 1 July after his contract expires.
"I've been at Doncaster for five years and last season I was probably ready for a fresh challenge, but I ended up staying and I could have stayed this season - I had a good discussion with Dean Saunders," added Hird.
"As a Doncaster lad myself I wish them all the best, and if they manage to hang on to some of the good players and add a few, I'm sure they'll be alright.
"But now I can't wait to get started at Chesterfield. Obviously the club was relegated last season, but everyone is ambitious to get back up and those ambitions match my own."