Tendayi Darikwa commits to Chesterfield

NDET 23-10-12 MC 1'Chesterfield v Fleetwood Tendayi Darikwa after scoring Chesterfield's first goal to draw before half time
NDET 23-10-12 MC 1'Chesterfield v Fleetwood Tendayi Darikwa after scoring Chesterfield's first goal to draw before half time
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RISING star Tendayi Darikwa said he had no doubts about putting pen to paper on a new deal at Chesterfield until 2015.

The 20-year-old has impressed with some eye-catching performances in a more advanced role this season and has started every game under manager Paul Cook.

FA Cup - Chesterfield FC v Hartlepool FC 'Tendayi Darikwa

FA Cup - Chesterfield FC v Hartlepool FC 'Tendayi Darikwa

He was handed a one-year contract in the summer but has been rewarded for his efforts this term with a three-year extension.

And the winger, who is a product of the Spireites’ youth set-up, expressed his gratitude to the club for putting faith in him.

Darikwa said: “It’s a good achievement for me and I’m thankful for this opportunity to show what I can do.

“All footballers want to do is play football week in week out and I’m no different. I’m hoping I can take this chance to progress and play more games.

“Coming from the youth team I’m familiar with the staff and the people around the club. The club has been good to me.”

Darikwa graduated the youth system alongside fellow midfielder Craig Clay.

He said: “It’s good to have your own players come through.

“It shows with hard work and dedication you can achieve and get in the first team.”

He made his debut for the Spireites at the age of 18 under John Sheridan in an FA Cup second round defeat to Burton in November 2010.

Darikwa was used as a right-back under the former manager but was pushed into midfield during Tommy Wright’s time at the helm.

He already has two goals to his name from 15 appearances this campaign and said he is enjoying life under Cook.

“He wants all of us to get out there and express ourselves. I’m delighted to be playing but we need to be successful as a team - and that’s the main thing,” he added.