Spireites youngster Jake Orrell is delighted to be working under Dean Saunders as he nears the start of his first season in the Football League.
The forward impressed his new manager in pre-season with two goals, notably scoring in the 3-2 win over Burnley at the Proact Stadium.
He said: “It’s massive working for a manager like Dean Saunders, he’s brilliant. I think he understands and can relate to me quite a lot so it’s helped me massively.
“Hopefully I can work with him throughout the season and just get better and better.”
Orrell has only recently turned 18 and talked Spireites PlayerHD through his young career to date during the club’s photoshoot.
He explained: “I was at Sunderland for about five years from ten to 15 or 16. Sunderland was really good and I enjoyed that then I was at Gateshead for a year or two and really enjoyed that as well.
“In the first game for the reserves [at Gateshead] I only found out on the day that I was playing, they just said turn up. So I turned up and scored four somehow and from then on I didn’t really look back. It was all first-team really with a few reserve games here and there.”
Orrell teamed up with sports management company Catalyst4Soccer, who helped to develop his career in tandem with the work of Chesterfield’s head of player development/recruitment Paul Mitchell.
“Catalyst4Soccer have done a lot for me, they put my name around and helped me get a trial and then a contract here. I think Paul Mitchell watched quite a few of my games when I was playing for the reserves at Gateshead. I would like to thank Catalyst a lot because they did a lot for me and help me get to where I am really.” Orrell added.
Chesterfield fans were given a glimpse of Orrell’s talents with cameo appearances against Matlock and Buxton preceding a start against Burnley in the final home fixture of the pre-season campaign.
And Orrell explained where he is at his most dangerous: “I do play up top as a striker but I like to come a bit deeper, to turn on it and then see what I can do from there. If I can, I get at the defender or slip it through to the striker.”
After a whirlwind summer which has seen the youngster move away from his native North-East, the youngster expressed his delight at becoming a professional, adding: “It’s always a pleasure to play at this standard, especially at my age, so I am really happy about it.”