Kids told: ‘Bide your time, but be ready’

Ricky German cuts thru the Crewe defence
Ricky German cuts thru the Crewe defence

Chesterfield prospects like Ricky German have been told they’ve got to ensure their standards are consistently high in training – because an opportunity could come at any time.

Youngsters German, Jake Beesley, Curtis Morrison, Laurence Maguire and Conor Dimaio all featured this season for the Spireites under the previous management regime.

Gary Caldwell, appointed in January, is yet to use German, Morrison or Maguire – while Beesley and Dimaio have only played in one game.

In January the Scot brought in five players from other clubs, four of them on loan, all under 22.

He told the Derbyshire Times he hasn’t had to give the club’s own kids any extra encouragement because biding their time is par for the course as an emerging talent.

“I think that’s just the demands of being a young footballer,” he said.

“You have to keep working hard and waiting for your opportunity.

“They train with us every day, they show great quality and great potential but they have to wait for their opportunity.”

Caldwell has, however, told 18-year-old German to maintain high standards in training in order to be ready.

“I said to Ricky last week, you never know when it’s going to come,” he said.

“So your standards have to be high every day, because it could come next week or months down the line.

“You have to have a level of consistency in your training that makes you ready for the opportunity when it comes.”