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Burton: Chesterfield Loan Spell A Great Learning Experience

16 January 2019
Callum Burton has described his loan spell at Chesterfield as a ‘great learning experience’.

The 22-year-old goalkeeper spent the first half of the season at the Proact Stadium, making a total of 22 appearances in all competitions for the National League outfit.

Reflecting on the times with the Spireites, Burton said: “I loved my time on loan at Chesterfield. It was a good four and a bit months for me. Getting 25 games under my belt meant it was a great learning experience.

“Obviously it’s a bit of a shame that it’s over now because I would’ve liked to have stayed for the remainder of the season but a new manager has come in and wanted to change things up a little, which I understand.

“The whole experience was massively beneficial though. There were so many learning curves for me during my time there – playing week in, week out for a few months along with getting to play in the FA Cup for the first time.

“I learnt a lot – both as a player and as a person. I’d never been a number one goalkeeper at a club before, so to learn how to deal with that and cope with the pressures it brings was a real test.

“It was a first for me but it was something that I thoroughly enjoyed. I’d like to think it’s improved me in so many ways and my experiences at Chesterfield can only stand me in good stead for the second half of the season.”

Burton is now back at the University of Hull Training Ground, working with goalkeeper coach Barry Richardson and his fellow custodians on a daily basis, although the former Shrewsbury Town man is eyeing up another loan move for the second half of the campaign in order to continue his development.

“I do want to try and get out on loan again and experience first-team football at a higher level,” he added.

“I think I performed well at Chesterfield, so the aim now is to try and break into league football and prove myself.

“You can play well in Under-23s football week in, week out, but first-team football is so much different. Playing in front of crowds and with players who are demanding more from you – it’s all about whether you can rise to the challenge or buckle under the pressure.

“I’d like to think I rose to the challenge at Chesterfield and it would be good to have another challenge to face in the remainder of the season.

“I don’t think there’s any better experience for a young footballer than going out on loan and being a first-team player week in, week out in order to aid your development. I just want to keep proving myself until the gaffer thinks I’m ready and can do a job for the team here.”

Photos: © Tina Jenner

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