BEING nine points off safety at the bottom of the Football League doesn’t faze Hartlepool United loanee Rakish Bingham.
Instead the confident 21-year-old sees it as a challenge and one he is “certainly capable” of rising to
For many young forwards looking to make their way in the game the thought of joining a team struggling at the wrong end of the League Two table would probably not appeal.
But not so for Mansfield Town striker Bingham, who boss Ronnie Moore has secured as one of three loan signings so far.
Bingham told SportMail: “I am really enjoying my time at the club, getting games and trying to help the team push up the table.
“When the opportunity came up I didn’t look at the position the club was in – I just saw it as a challenge.
“It is a step in my career, this is my first season playing regularly at first team and it is a great challenge.
“I just thought why not?
“I am certainly capable.
“At the end of the day I wanted to get games so I had a good chat with the Mansfield manager [Adam Murray] and he said it would be beneficial to get games under my belt here and then go back and be part of his plans.
“I am enjoying it.”
The irony is that the better Bingham does for Hartlepool United could pull his parent club Mansfield - who are 20th in Sky Bet League Two – further into the relegation mire.
That isn’t lost on the striker but he is just focusing on his football and hoping both teams can stay up this season.
The 6ft centre-forward added: “That is the bit of irony involved!
“That is football though and I don’t get involved in that side too much – I just let my football do the talking.
“I hope both teams stay up this year!”
The 21-year-old striker joined the Stags during the summer following his release from Wigan Athletic having turned professional with The Latics in 2012.
Since joining Pools, he has played three times and scored once, in the 2-0 win over Cheltenham Town.
Bingham‘s loan spell runs until the end of the season but Mansfield have inserted a clause so they could recall him once the first month of the deal is up.
Moore will be hoping that doesn’t happen as he struggles to add further additions to his squad.
Bingham will be leading the line again tomorrow, when Pools travel to Prenton Park to take on Tranmere Rovers and he says the mood is still very upbeat amongst the squad despite the poor league position.
“The atmosphere is very positive,” added Bingham.
“We know when we are on our game that if we start like we did against Shrewsbury or play like we did against Wycombe away then we have no worries.
“It is a young squad and we just focus on each game as it comes. We are all young and learning together and learning on the job.
“It is tough but what better way to learn it than to make history and stay up.”