Ollie Banks has declared Chesterfield fear no-one following an encouraging start to life in League One.
The midfielder is buoyed by the opening seven weeks of the campaign in the third tier, almost 12 months on from his first appearance for the Spireites.
Chesterfield have won four of their opening eight games and have staged memorable comebacks over Scunthorpe United and Preston North End in recent weeks.
It led to Spireites boss Paul Cook praising the atmosphere around the club and Banks echoed that sentiment ahead of Saturday’s clash against Notts County.
The 22-year-old, who joined Chesterfield from FC United of Manchester in September of last year, enjoyed a fruitful first season at the Proact Stadium.
He bagged nine goals in 32 games in all competitions before a foot injury, sustained in the JPT final defeat to Peterborough United, cut his season short.
“After Wembley it was always going to be a long and tough summer but I’m happy to be back somewhere near fully fit and get some games under my belt,” said Banks.
“I think I’m there now, I probably need a couple of games to get back to where I want to be. I’m getting sharper and fitter every day.
“When you first come back you feel like you can run around forever but that flattens out a bit, you realise you’re a bit off pace, but I feel I’m there now.
“I want to play as many minutes as I can and do the best I can. A year and a half ago I wouldn’t have believed I would be playing in League One.
“Now it’s happening I want to do my best for the team. There’s no reason why we can’t challenge at the top, we’ve got the players to do it.”
Banks came on for the injured Sam Morsy against Doncaster Rovers after 22 minutes and played 45 minutes midweek in a behind-closed-doors game against Lincoln, as he strives for match sharpness.
And he said the prospect of playing in consecutive derby matches - against Notts followed by Sheffield United a week on Saturday - in front of a home crowd are occasions that whetted the appetite.
“It’s a big week with a couple of local derbies,” he said. “We’re hoping for big crowds and that’s something we enjoy. We don’t fear anyone, we’ll play our game and I’m sure we’ll be fine.
“We’ve got no reason to fear anyone. We’ve got a good team spirit, we stick together and we’ll continue to do that to beat teams. The atmosphere will be electric and its nice to play in front of big crowds.
“The fans were brilliant away at Doncaster and you could feel the crowd driving you on and you can feel that. If we can get six points from the next two games we’ll be where we all want to be.”
What do you think? Email your views to Matt Brooks