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Banks Lands Football League Award

20 December 2013

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Ollie Banks has been awarded The Football League's Young Player of the Month Award for November.

The award covers players who play in all three divisions of the Sky Bet Football League.

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

Goals in the wins over Torquay United and Wycombe Wanderers followed a brace in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy win over Rochdale.

Banks said: "I was buzzing when I found out that I'd won; it was up there with the feeling of scoring. Some big players have won it and if I can get somewhere near where Wilfried Zaha and Will Hughes are then I'll be delighted."

Spireites 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."

Each season, Football League clubs invest more than £40m on identifying, training and educating the next generation of football talent. David Wetherall, head of youth development at the Football League, said: "Oliver has worked hard to get a chance to prove himself.

"It's always pleasing to see young players being given an opportunity to play first team football and Chesterfield are certainly benefitting from Oliver's form over the last month."

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