Macclesfield Town striker Ben Mills shocked by professional set-up

Ben Mills
Mills scored 12 goals this season for Nantwich Town before his move

Macclesfield striker Ben Mills says he is shocked by the amount of free time he now has after turning professional.

The 22-year-old joined from non-league side Nantwich Town last week and made his debut in the 2-1 defeat by Torquay.

"It's certainly a shock to the system. I'm looking around and thinking what do we do?" he told BBC Radio Manchester.

"Normally I was up early doors and back late at night. I'm climbing walls a bit in the day, but I'm really enjoying it and it's been great so far."

He added: "You're expected to do your own bit as well as going to the gym, keeping fit and looking after yourself, and that involves rest I guess."

Mills' career so far has been exclusively in non-league football playing for Leek Town, Stafford Rangers, Alfreton Town and Nantwich.

Mills confident of making step-up

The Silkmen have been successful in recruiting from outside the Football League in recent seasons, with current squad members Ben Tomlinson and Ross Draper making the step up.

Last season they signed striker Tyrone Barnett from non-league side Hednesford Town and sold him on for a reported six-figure fee to Crawley Town.

Despite moving to the Moss Rose for an undisclosed five-figure fee, the 6ft 2in striker says manager Gary Simpson has told him not to feel any burden that comes with a transfer fee.

"He's been brilliant, he hasn't put any pressure on me," Mills added.

"He's very straight talking, he says it how it is which is brilliant for me.

"He says don't do anything different as we've wanted you to come in from what you've been doing before, so I've got to stick to the gameplan and stick to my strengths.

"I don't see any reason why I can't come in and do myself proud and be a success."

Meanwhile the Silkmen have completed the signing of striker Michael Bakare from Blue Square Bet South side Chelmsford City.

The 25-year-old has previously played for Welling, Thurrock and Leyton.

Clarets boss Glenn Pennyfather told the club website: "When you score goals people are going to take a look. Every now and then you unearth a gem, and Macclesfield may have done just that."

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