Spireites striker, Ricky German, believes that his recent purple patch in front of goal is down to completing extra training sessions, and sound advice.
German scored all four goals, in the youth team’s 4-2 win away at York City on Saturday, taking his tally to eight in his last three games. Having scored a hat-trick in the youth team’s previous match with Burton Albion, as well as one for the reserves in their match with Rotherham United last Tuesday.
Following a spell on the side-lines, German has been training with both the first team and youth team in a bid to increase his fitness levels, and even with his good form, he feels there’s a lot more to come.
“I wouldn’t say I’m in great shape yet, though I am getting there,” he said. “I need to keep training and to keep my fitness up.
“I’ve been training with the youth team quite often, and I think what’s helping me is both Mark Smith and Dylan Kerr passing on to me their experience from when they played the game.
“They’re helping me work on my fitness, which does need to be worked on, and because they’ve been in my shoes (as a young player trying to get into the first team and not always getting picked for the squad), they’ve told me to take it on the chin
and don’t be too disappointed. And also to keep working hard, because if you do the gaffer will always be looking at you.”
The striker completed his hat-trick inside the opening 45 minutes against the Minstermen, a team he clearly enjoys coming up against.
“It’s not the first time I’ve done it, I scored four against York earlier in the season in a friendly, I enjoy playing against them to be fair,” he joked.
“The second goal was my favourite, I was played through by Jack Brownell, I then got to the edge of the box and a defender came towards me, I lifted it over his leg and then put my shot into the top corner! So that was good.”
German has played seven times for the first team squad this season, featuring in both Sky Bet League One and Checkatrade Trophy fixtures, and he’s set his sights on returning to the squad in both the near and long term future.
“I’d like to feature in the first team squad again – which I was doing at the start of the season. Long term, my aim is to break into the first team and score goals for them,” he added.
“I’ve done it for the youth team and the reserves, I don’t see why one day I can’t do it for the first team.”