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Ebanks-Blake: "It's exciting and I'm pleased to be here"

11 July 2015

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Striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake started two games and played over 70 minute in the back-to-back friendlies with Matlock and Buxton, and was pleased with the start.

Having suffered with injury in the last two years, the 29-year-old made the perfect start to his Spireites career when netting a header against Matlock, and he feels his fitness is getting towards where he wants it to be.


"The fitness is good, really good," he said. "I'm pleased to get a couple of games and run-outs and two good wins - it's the start of a good journey.

"I need that, I've not had a pre-season for a couple of years and Mal [Purchase] knows me from my time at Wolves, so we're working very closely, building up strength and building up to the beginning of the season.

"It's very very imprtant, any player who misses pre-season will tell you that they're constantly playing catch-up for the rest of the season. I've missed two, so it's key for me to get through pre-season, it just sets you in good stead - that's what I'm doing now.

With 3-0 and 4-0 wins to start pre-season, the Spireites have tougher challenges to come, but ahead of jetting to Portugal for a training camp on Sunday, Ebanks-Blake likes the like of his new teammates.

"You can only beat the team that's in front of you," said the striker. "But if you're looking closely at the way we're playing you can see we play fast, we play quick, we play in a good passing style and I think we'll be a handful for any team.

"It definitely suits my style, and I think we've played really well in both the games. We've never looked under pressure, but more importanly the speed that we move the ball at is the key.

"It's exciting and I'm pleased to be here and pleased to be a part of this team."

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