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Steve McClaren backs Mason Bennett for bright Derby County future after Chesterfield loan switch

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

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STEVE McClaren sees young striker Mason Bennett as a big player for Derby County next season.

Bennett has joined League Two leaders Chesterfield on a month’s loan.

McClaren says the move will benefit the 17-year-old’s development.

“Mason needs experience, he needs more games,” said McClaren. “It is a great move for him.

“He needs to go above under-21 level matches now and and test himself in League football.

“We see him as a big player for us next season.

“We want him to get some experience.”

Bennett says he is relishing the challenge of playing in League Two.

“I pounced on the opportunity when my agent asked me if I wanted to join Chesterfield,” he said. “I said ‘yes’ straight away.

“I’m buzzing because I want to get in front of a crowd again and show what I can do.

“I’ve been in and out of the team this season, and I need to start playing regularly.”

Bennett’s 14 appearances for Derby this season have included 13 as a substitute.

He will be with the Spireites until April 12 and he is available for Saturday’s home game against Oxford United.

He is also eligible for selection for Chesterfield in their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final.

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook is delighted to have beaten off competition to land Bennett and hinted at a possible longer stay at the Proact for the England Youth international.

“My job is to bring good players to the club and Mason is certainly a very exciting young player,” said Cook.

“We can offer him an opportunity to come in and hopefully forge a relationship which might last longer than a month.”

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