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Darikwa Hoping For A Chance

12 August 2012

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Spireites right-back Tendayi Darikwa said he is hoping to break in to the Chesterfield first-team this season, after giving manager John Sheridan plenty of food for thought during the pre-season campaign.

The 20-year-old has enjoyed a fruitful stint for the League Two newcomers after penning a one-year deal at the B2net Stadium and Darikwa is hoping he has played his way into contention for the season's curtain-raiser against Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday.

"Obviously this year we've got a small squad," he told Spireites Player at full-time after coming on in a 3-1 win over Derby County.

"Hopefully I can come on and make a couple of appearances but I've just got to carry on working hard in training.

"Obviously, for all the young lads the aim is to break through into the team and put some good performances in and hopefully we can bounce back to League One straight away.

"The gaffer will obviously pick the team and if i'm not in the team, hopefully i'm on the bench and if get a chance to come on I can play well," he added.

"I think after two years though, i've finally been converted into a right-back!"

Manager Sheridan has been busy this summer in the transfer market, acquiring prolific striker Marc Richards along with former Doncaster Rovers defenders Sam Hird and ex-Scunthorpe anchorman Sam Togwell.

And Darikwa is hoping that the Spireites' new recruits can help the youngsters with their development.

"Hirdy's come in and been given the skipper's armband straight away so it's good to have experienced players around to learn off every day and that's good for young lads like me," he said.

"The signings we've brought in, like Hird and Togs, have played at a higher level. Marc Richards has been scoring goals at this level for many years now too. 

"So, the signings we've brought in are good and Forbesy's experienced as well as O'D who has been at Sheffield Wednesday, so he knows the game inside out as well.

"I think as young lads, we've got to pull each other through," he continued.

"The first year pros have got to stick together and if one of us is playing then hopefully someone else can come on as well and do the same job.

"All three of them [Joanthan Wafula, Jacob Hazell and Jack Waddle] have had good pre-seasons. Jacob has done well and scored a couple of goals and hopefully if he can get a chance in the first team he can do the same.

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