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Top 10: League One Surprise Players

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Banks impressed in League Two last season with the Spireites.

Banks impressed in League Two last season with the Spireites.

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.


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