Youth team striker Levi Amantchi says that he’s enjoying life at the Proact and that working alongside Miguel Llera will help improve his game.
The first-year scholar has been a regular feature in the team this season and has set his sights on extending his stay in North Derbyshire.
“It’s going very well, we’re fully into the season now and training has been very good, I’m enjoying it,” he said.
“I want to carry on playing well and doing what the coaches tell me, I’d love to earn a professional contract here.”
Amantchi is now in his second-year with the club, having played for the U16s after a successful trial.
He reflected: “I played at Wallsend Boys Club, but I was asked about going to St George’s Park, Sheffield Graves, for a trial game and they liked the look of me.
“So, I went to play a game against Sheffield Wednesday and managed to score and they offered me a scholarship which I gladly took.”
As well as games coming thick and fast for the youth team, Amantchi has had to adjust to the training methods of Miguel Llera, who was appointed as the academy’s lead coach for the professional development phase in August.
And while results haven’t quite been what the team would like, Amantchi has enjoyed working with the Spaniard.
The striker said: “I enjoyed working with Dylan before he left and Miguel coming in was a big a change but we are getting used to his methods now.
“Miguel’s style is more intense he likes us to pass the ball quicker and wants things done properly, he demands high quality standards.
“It helps me as a striker as it focuses on movement, getting in to spaces behind defenders.”
So, as well as his movement becoming a key attribute, what else would he like to work on and regard as his strengths?
“I prefer to play with partners as I enjoy linking up with people,” he asserted. “Though I would like to improve my hold up play with that’s backing into / holding off defenders.
“I’d say that my main strengths are my pace and finishing.”
The striker will be in the squad for Saturday’s match with Doncaster Rovers at St George's Park, Sheffield Graves (11am), a match that will see him come up against familiar opponents.
“I played against them at U16 level last season and we’ll come up against many of the players who played in that game,” Amantchi added.
“It’s a big game for us, but I don’t see any reason why we can’t be confident going into it, if we win we can start to put a run together.”