Spireites: Chesterfield rising star receives top recognition

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Ollie Banks has set his sights on establishing himself as a first team regular at Chesterfield.

The Spireites midfielder has won The Football League’s Young Player of the Month Award for November.

Ollie Banks celebrates with Captain Ritchie Humphreys having put the Spireites 1-0 up at Torquay by Tina Jenner Torquay Utd v Chesterfield

Ollie Banks celebrates with Captain Ritchie Humphreys having put the Spireites 1-0 up at Torquay by Tina Jenner Torquay Utd v Chesterfield

The 21-year-old, who only joined the club in September from FC United of Manchester, scored four goals in the month for Chesterfield as part of a series of impressive displays.

Goals in the wins over Torquay United and Wycombe Wanderers followed a brace in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy victory against Rochdale.

Banks said: “It’s good recognition and I’m just happy to be in and around the team.

“It took some time to adjust over the first few weeks but now I’m playing I feel settled and want to do my best for the team.

“I feel really comfortable playing at this level playing amongst some better players, who can handle the ball.

“You see a lot of players make the step up the leagues and I think it shows if you’re a good player you can play at any level.

He added: “I’m concentrating on keeping my head down and keep working.”

Banks was released by Rotherham United in 2012 and spent time playing for non-League clubs before joining Chesterfield.

He joins a long list of emerging players in the game who’ve won the award, which includes Wilfred Zaha, Will Hughes and the Spireites’ own Tendayi Darikwa.

And has brought in to the working ethic Paul Cook and his coaching staff have instilled in to the squad.

“I stay behind after training and practice on my finishing, so hopefully I can keep improving,” said Banks, who is fully fit again after missing Saturday’s 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle with a slight hamstring strain.

He is back in training and says he feels 100 per cent ready ahead of the festive period, which sees the Spireites play four times in the space of ten days.

“Christmas without football wouldn’t be Christmas, would it? I’d rather play as many games in as many days as we can.

“It does mean we have to do things right on Christmas Day - don’t eat too much and don’t drink. It’s a small price to pay for being a professional footballer. You’re a long time retired.

“As a footballer, all I want to do is play more games,” said Banks.

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook added: “He’s been a breath of fresh air since he came here and it’s refreshing to see someone with that attitude for the game.

“He’s played well and his enthusiasm for the game shines through.”