Beesley Looking to Simons For First Team Inspiration
15 October 2015
First year striker Jake Beesley says he is looking at the example set by breakthrough team-mate Rai Simons as he seeks to make an impact with the first team squad.
The 18-year-old notched over 20 goals for the youth team last season before being handed his professional contract at the year's end as reward for his efforts.
After Wednesday's 1-0 reserve team win over Grimsby Town, Beesley explained the mood that Simons' sudden rise has had on the other young players in the Spireites squad.
He said: "Rai's come in from non-league and taken it all in his stride and he's used the reserve team games as a platform for himself.
"He scored three goals in two games and now he's playing in the first team and has scored a goal. It just shows that if you impress in these games you're going to get a chance."
The reserve game saw Beesley play a half on the right side and a half in his more normal role as a central striker and, having also played as a right-back this season, the teenager can see scope for future development in a number of positions.
"I feel like I've all right in all the games so far," he said. "As a young lad you should be able to play anywhere really, so I'm taking it as it comes and I'll play wherever I'm asked to and I'll enjoy it.
"Playing right-back is new to me, I used to play in midfield as a kid but on the right side I feel my attributes do suit that well and at right-back I can bomb forwards and get back again. It's not too bad really, I'm enjoying it.
"The manager's not said about my position. We'll have to see what happens in the future, it might become my position."
A few months into his first campaign as a professional, Beesley says he is coming to terms with the physical demands and is rapidly making progress.
"The training's a lot sharper, more intense and the quality's better, it's improved me all-round as a player. You can really tell the difference making the step up from the youth team to the first team.
"I feel I've improved a lot, my touch has improved and my finishing is a lot better. I feel a lot fitter with Mal (Purchase, fitness coach) and he puts us through our paces, so I feel like I'm improving every day."