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Mason Bennett eyeing Deby County impact

10 April 2014

Mason Bennett believes he has a part to play in Derby County's Sky Bet Championship promotion challenge following his return from a loan spell at Chesterfield.

Bennett has spent the best part of the last month on loan with the Spireites but has been recalled early from his stay with the League 2 title chasers due to the injury situation at his parent club.

The striker's one-month deal was set to expire after the away fixture at Hartlepool United on Saturday but ongoing concerns over the fitness of Jamie Ward, a former Chesterfield forward, and Simon Dawkins have led to his return.

Bennett was allowed out on loan in order to get some first-team games under his belt and he has done just that, making six appearances for Paul Cook's team.

While he has been away Derby have consolidated their place in the Play-Off positions and he returns to a team that are third in the table, 11 points ahead of seventh-placed Brighton and Hove Albion with five matches remaining.

The teenager told Press Association Sport: "I've got mixed emotions about going back as I want to help Chesterfield get promoted - and hopefully win the title. But Derby are my club and they want me back there to help with their promotion (challenge).

"Derby have been going really well and, while part of me is sad to be leaving Chesterfield because they are a great set of lads, I am really looking forward to going back.

"I have got some games and I will go back to Derby feeling sharp, so hopefully I will get some opportunities there as well.

"It is a long season and everyone has a part to play so hopefully I will get chances, I think I will. I hope I do because we are going into such an exciting stage of the season."

One of Bennett's games for Chesterfield came at Wembley in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at the end of last month when he came on as a substitute midway through the second half of the Spireites' 3-1 defeat to Peterborough United.

The 17-year-old hopes to be back at the national stadium next month with Derby in the Championship Play-Off Final.

He said: "It would be amazing if I was back with Derby with the chance to win promotion to the Premier League.

"Obviously I'd want a different result. It is still upsetting to lose even though Chesterfield aren't my club. I'd been getting on well with the lads and I feel for them. Obviously from a personal point of view too it is never nice to lose at Wembley."

Bennett, who became Derby's youngest-ever player in October 2011 aged just 15 years and 99 days old, has played 14 times for the Rams this season and turned out on 31 occasions in total for the club, scoring twice.

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