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Brindley Grateful For Opportunity

11 February 2013

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New Chesterfield right-back Richard Brindley couldn't hide his delight after making his first appearance in the Football League as a substitute in the 2-0 win over rock-bottom AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

The 19-year-old replaced the impressive Danny Whitaker in the dying embers of the game and revealed he is now hoping to push on after finally making his competitive bow for the Spireites.

The former Chelmsford City youngster made two appearances in the FA Cup for the Clarets against Colchester United and Crawley Town respectively, but made his first appearance in a professional fixture against Neal Ardley's side.

"I'm grateful to get on and get that debut out of the way and hopefully I can play for a bit longer now," Richard told Spireites Player after coming on in the 2-0 win against the Dons.

"It was great to be honest, I wasn't expecting to get on. But when the gaffer said warm up I was buzzing. Even though it was only a few minutes it was good to get that feeling.

"Obviously for me it is just getting games under my belt and keeping my fitness going, so when the reserve game was postponed I was a little bit disappointed because I want to play as many games as I can."

The Essex-born youngster began his career at Premier League club Norwich City at the age of nine before graduating to the Canaries' academy as a scholar in June 2009.

He made 21 games for the club's reserve team, scoring three times, but after failing to establish himself as a regular in the first-team at Carrow Road Brindley dropped down the footballing pyramid to sign for Chelmsford City.

After 24 appearances at the Melbourne Stadium, Brindley was snapped up by Paul Cook and he confirmed he was grateful for the opportunity to prove himself at the Proact Stadium under the former Accrington boss.

"It's been a roller-coaster for me, going from Norwich to many leagues below that," he added.

"At Chelmsford, obviously it is not as high intensity and not as much training but coming back into the professional level it goes up very quickly but i've done it before so it's nothing I'm not used to.

"I'm very happy and grateful. 

"I feel lucky to come to a club that has a lot of good players. The manager is eager to play whatever age, he's shown it by playing youngsters like Tendayi [Darikwa] and giving them a chance to show what they can do.

"I think Drew [Talbot] can definitely play higher up the pitch, so I will have to wait and see of the gaffer fancies me at full-back.

"I'm just going to keep training hard and when I get a game, play to the best of my potential. I'm looking forward to getting a good chance here. The lads have been great, the fans have been great and outside of football it's a nice place so i'm very happy to be here.

"It's been good so far. For me, i'm just looking to push on now and try and get into the starting eleven."

You can watch Richard's interview exclusively on Spireites Player

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