Chesterfield: Opportunity too good to turn down, says Spireites’ new signing

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Chesterfield FC new boy Michael Onovwigun said the opportunity to join the League Two champions was one he couldn’t resist.

The 18-year-old midfielder joined last week on a one-year deal after leaving Brentford and is keen to impress with the Spireites.

He has been highlighted as a player with potential and one for the future but Onovwigun is eager to show what he can do now.

He said: “The gaffer (Paul Cook) said I will get my opportunities here and as a young player that’s all you can ask for really. He’s shown a lot of faith in me and encouraging me.

“There’s plenty of competition for places, with the likes of Sam Morsy, Jimmy Ryan and others, there’s a lot of experience here and I can learn from that.

“I’ve just come from under 21s football at Brentford and I’ve had a bit of first team training with them. Hopefully, I can to take my opportunity when it comes.

“I want to impress the manager, the back room staff and the chairman and get as many appearances as possible this season.

“Hopefully I can break in to the team, get a new deal after this season and become a first team player for Chesterfield.”

Onovwigun believes the Spireites’ style of play suits his personal game and can’t wait to pull on a blue shirt in a competitive match.

“I like to get up and down from midfield and keep the ball for the team,” he said. “I like to create chances and hopefully get on the score sheet too.

“I’m a team player, I like to work hard for the team and I’m committed to the final whistle. I was taught to play football on the ground.

“To come here and it be exactly the same is perfect for me so I fitted in straight away really. I’m buzzing to be here and to get going.”

Onovwigun hasn’t had a full pre-season and has been working on his fitness with Shane Nicholson over the past two weeks.

“Everyday I feel like I’m getting fitter, everyday I feel like I’m getting sharper and hopefully in a couple of weeks I can be at full fitness,” he added.