10) Ollie Banks
After signing for Chesterfield last September from Northern Premier League side FC United of Manchester, Banks made the step up to League Two with relative ease. The 6 ft 3 midfielder played an important role in getting Paul Cook’s side out of the fourth tier, scoring seven goals in 25 appearances for a team lacking a natural goalscorer.
The 21 year-old has had to build his career the hard way. After being released by Rotherham in 2012 without making much of an impression at first-team level, he played for four different clubs in one year before returning to the Football League.
Banks missed the run-in last season with an injury and it will be interesting to see how he copes with the step up in quality whilst returning to first-team action. The ease with which he made a three division step up in quality last season suggests he will cope just fine but he will have to adapt to having less time on the ball in a fast-paced League One.
His physical qualities give him a big advantage over his opponents, Banks offers a considerable presence in midfield for Chesterfield. The club are hoping that players like Banks and other former non-leaguers such as Dan Gardner and Charlie Raglan can make the step up to League One this season. The Spireites have suffered from budget cut-backs after lower than expected attendances last season. This presents Banks the opportunity to display his quality at a higher level.