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Banks named Young Player of the Month

20 December 2013

Chesterfield midfielder Ollie Banks has been handed The Football League's Young Player of the Month Award for November.

The award covers players that play in all three divisions of the Sky Bet Football League.

The 21-year-old, who only joined the club in September from FC United of Manchester, scored four goals in the month for the Spireites as part of a series of impressive displays.

Goals in the wins over Torquay United and Wycombe Wanderers followed a brace in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy victory against Rochdale.

Banks was released by Rotherham United in 2012 and spent time playing for non-League clubs before joining Chesterfield.

When collecting the award, Banks said: "I was buzzing when I found out that I'd won, it was up there with the feeling of scoring. Some big players have won it and if I can get somewhere near where Wilfied Zaha and Will Hughes are then I'll be delighted."

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook added: "He's been a breath of fresh air since he came here and it's refreshing to see someone with that attitude for the game. He's played well and his enthusiasm for the game shines through."

Each season, Football League clubs invest more than £40m on identifying, training and educating the next generation of football talent. Around a third of this money (£12.6m) is provided by the Football Association and Premier League.

There are 8,700 young players registered with League clubs making Football League Youth Development the largest centrally co-ordinated young player programme in world football. In the 2013/14 season to date, 128 players aged 21 or under have made their professional debuts for Football League clubs.

David Wetherall, Head of Youth Development at The Football League, said: "Oliver has worked hard to get a chance to prove himself. It's always pleasing to see young players being given an opportunity to play first team football and Chesterfield are certainly benefitting from Oliver's form over the last month."

Each month the accolade will be awarded by The Football League to the young player who has made the most significant contribution and impact in first team football. To be eligible the player must be either under 21 years of age or be playing in the season during which he turns 21. Currently a third of all players registered with Football League clubs are eligible to be considered for this award.

Click here to read BBC Sport's interview with Ollie Banks

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