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'New deal gives me confidence' - Willis

20 September 2013

Having signed a new deal with the club, Willis is looking to progress on the pitch this season full of confidence...

Coventry City defender Jordan Willis has expressed his delight at sealing a new deal with the club, having signed a new two-year deal with an option for a further year.

The 19-year-old has made 11 first team appearances for City after making his debut against Southampton in 2011 – at the age of just 17.

The young defender has also represented England at under-18 and under-19 levels having progressed through the Academy structure.

Having been offered a new deal early in the season, Willis says he is full of confidence to progress on the pitch.

Willis said: “Very pleased. My contract was due to be up at the end of this year and to get called in early to get a new contract is great.

“You are always looking to do your best and hope to get a new contract but it doesn’t play on your mind at this stage of this season.

“Knowing that the manager likes you, and offering you a new contract, it really gives you confidence on the pitch, knowing that you are doing the right things.”

He has already made six appearances for the first team this season and captains the Under-21s side who recently lost 4-2 at Derby County.

Willis has outlined he wants to make as many first team appearances as possible this season and has praised the local core to the side.

He added: “I have been coming off the bench a lot towards the end of games but it lets me know that I am in the manager’s mind, which is good to know.

“There is great chemistry between us and especially with us all growing up around Coventry, the likes of Jordan (Clarke), Cyrus (Christie) and Conor (Thomas).

“It’s great for morale, especially with Jordan signing a new contract too.

“I said at the start of the season I wanted to play as many games as possible and to finish as high as possible up the league as well, so that is the plan for the rest of the season.”

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