The pain in Ollie Banks’ right foot won’t worry him today if he watches his Chesterfield side collect the League Two title.
The 21-year-old, whose season was ended by ligament damage, will be hoping to watch his team-mates beat Fleetwood.
Speaking on video after being named as The Star’s Young Player of the Year in our Football Awards, he said: “It has been an unbelievable year, a great set of lads, we all work our socks off every week in training, and it shows well on a Saturday.
“We have good management, the gaffer has instilled belief in us and we proved him right. I think League One football will suit us. Teams will come on to us.”
Banks started the season playing at Worksop for FC United of Manchester in the Evo Stik Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football, supplementing his income with work as a kitchen fitter.
“There are a lot of good players in non-league” he said. “FC United is a brilliant club a lot of good players, they attract good players because of their fan base, they’re great to play for.”
He said there were a few non-league players that could step up and do a job in the Football League. “There is an element of luck involved that some people don’t get, I was lucky I got my chance.”