Derby County

Mason Bennett ready to fight to prove himself

Derby County’s Mason Bennett has told the club website that he is ready to fight to prove he can make it at the club.

The 20-year-old forward was seen as one of the hottest prospects to come out of the Derby academy, quickly following in the footsteps of Will Hughes. However his young career has been blighted with injuries that have stopped his progress. Most notably after getting healthy and going on loan to Burton Albion to reunite with old boss Nigel Clough, he suffered a groin injury which requires surgery and kept him out until October.

All this has meant that Bennett has been unable to get into the Derby first team and make his claim as to why he should be regular. Ironically, the last time Bennett actually made a first team appearance for the Rams was at the start of 2015 when Steve McClaren was the head coach. Since then, McClaren has been sacked, replaced and re-appointed.

And now Bennett is fit again, he is ready to prove his worth. He said: “I spoke to the gaffer on the first day he was back at the club. We spoke about my recent injury and he also outlined what he expects from me.

“He knows I am going to give 100 per cent because at the end of the day this is where I want to be.”

“I’m at that stage in my time here where I need to fight to prove myself. I will be doing everything I can to make that happen.”

“There’s a little bit of pressure there that I am putting on myself, but I will be taking that on the chin and, if anything, attack it at full force.”

“It’s different now that I have got a little family too. I’m not just fighting for myself; I am fighting for them every single day. That’s my aim right now.”

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