Prospect ready to stake a claim

Buxton FC v North Ferriby Utd, Jack Broadhead
Buxton FC v North Ferriby Utd, Jack Broadhead
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Jack Broadhead says he is ready to stake a claim for a place in the first team squad.

The central defender returned to Chesterfield earlier this month following a three-month loan at Derbyshire neighbours Buxton.

He produced a number of encouraging displays for the Evo Stik Northern Premier Division side under the gaze of Spireites boss Paul Cook.

And the experience has whetted his appetite for first team football.

He said: “I really enjoyed it and I’m grateful to Buxton for taking a chance on me. I felt as though as I repaid them well by putting in some good performances.

“Playing at that level helps you mature and brings on your football quite a bit.”

The 19-year-old may find his opportunities limited at the Proact Stadium with the likes of Sam Hird, Liam Cooper and club captain Ian Evatt all having played key roles so far this season.

But Broadhead added: “I’m just going to knuckle down and work hard.

“I love playing football and I just want to play.”

He put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year deal, his first professional contract, with Chesterfield in November 2012 and made his debut for Paul Cook’s side as a substitute in the 6-1 win over Hartlepool United in last season’s FA Cup.

He suffered a slight setback with an ankle injury but featured heavily alongside Tim Ryan and Ash Palmer.

Bucks boss, and former Rotherham United defender, Martin McIntosh has left the door open for the teenager to make a return in January.

He said: “There’s certainly an option to bring him back to the club in January and if it’s possible then it’s something we would look into.”