Chesterfield midfielder Charlie Wakefield has vowed to continue working hard after signing his first professional contract with the club.
The 17-year-old, who made his debut on Easter Monday at Scunthorpe United, claimed that signing his two-year contract was ‘a dream come true’ and that it was his father who gave him the good news.
Speaking exclusively to iFollow, he said: “It was a surprise really, I was just sat on my bed and my dad came up and said you’ve been offered a contract!
“It’s very very rewarding, my family are all proud of me, obviously it’s only the start and we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves.
“It feels great, I’ve always wanted to get a professional contract, but it’s only the start and I’ve got to keep working hard.”
With his primary position being centre-midfield, Wakefield can also be utilised on the left of midfield and at full-back.
Towards the end of the last campaign, manager, Gary Caldwell, integrated Wakefield with the first team squad, something which he thrived on.
Wakefield reflected: “The past month has been really busy with the first team, coming into training and then getting involved with match days as well and then making my debut it was just great.
“I’ve learnt from a lot of players and gained a lot of experience, they’ve helped me along, coming into the group in the first week, helping me with different things.”
Derby-born Wakefield became the sixth academy player to sign a professional contract with the Spireites over the previous few months, alongside Joe Rowley, Jack Brownell, Dylan Parkin, Jay Smith and Ricky German.
Having witnessed fellow youth team players offered professional contracts, it gave Wakefield further motivation to impress.
He said: “It set me a target to look up to someone else who’s made it through, like Joe, he made it through, then obviously I was thinking I want to make it through now and try and get there.”
Pre-season has already started for Wakefield, who hopes to be in shape for when the first team squad meet on the Monday, June 19.
“I’m ready,” he asserted. “I’ve been working very hard for the past couple of weeks, doing the programme which we’ve been set, a lot of running and lower body stuff as well, but I’m getting used to it.”
With a new contract signed, Wakefield has now set his sights on being involved in a successful campaign, as the Spireites look to return to League One at the first attempt.
He added: “I think we can achieve very good things, hopefully we can do very well and get off to a good start.
“Pre-season’s really the aim, we need to get fit and get going, and then when the season comes we’ll be ready to go.”