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'Hard work will pay off next season'

7 May 2013

Putting in extra work to recover from injury, Willis wants to make an impact next season..

As the season ended 11 days ago, it is unusual for players to be at Ryton training ground, looking to get fit for the 2013/14 season.

However, that is exactly what Coventry City defender Jordan Willis was doing, looking to recover from injury in time for the start of pre-season.

The Academy graduate enjoyed a productive season in the Under-21s before sustaining an ankle injury during the 2-1 win at Derby County, an injury which ruled him out of a possible first team appearance towards the end of the season.

Willis made three first team appearances this season, including starting against Birmingham City in the 3-2 win in the League Cup.

The Coventry-born defender hopes to make as many first team appearances as possible next season and had a positive meeting with Steven Pressley last week.

Willis said: "The meeting I had with the manager was good. We spoke about what the aims are for next season and type of play he wants his side to play.

"He has a particular style of play in mind which is good and he has always taken an interest in the young players in the squad.

"Obviously, that is really positive for a player like me. I want to break into the side and the manager wants to bring the young players into the squad.

"I hope I can make as many appearances as possible, whether that be five or 30 appearances, and play a part in a successful season. It is tough league but when I come back from pre-season, I will be ready to go." 

The 18-year old has recently been placed on standby for England Under 19s' forthcoming UEFA Elite Round clashes later this month.

The side travel to Belgium for the Elite Round of the UEFA Under 19s Championship which starts on Saturday, May 18th and sees England take on Belgium, Scotland and Georgia.

Willis hopes to continue to get recognition from the England set-up and hopes it will help him in his progression as a footballer.

He continued: "Obviously delighted to get recognition from the England scouts because even making it on the stand-by list is a great achievement.

"Every player wants to make an impact at international level but it is also a good way of continuing my development. It is another chance for competitive football which will always help in the long run.

"I am coming towards the end of the injury now and just doing a bit of work with Dave Hart (CCFC Physio) to make sure my rehabilitation is going smoothly.

"I was doing well towards the end of the season for the Under-21s so it was disappointing to get the injury when I did as I could have got into the first team for the last games of the season."

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