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"I was a JSB as a youngster and to see how happy it makes the kids is a great reward." Coventry City's James Maddison.

22 December 2014

The Sky Blues midfielder also spoke at the JSB Party on his substitute appearance against Fleetwood as he hopes for more minutes over the Christmas period...

Coventry City midfielder James Maddison was pleased to be at the JSB Christmas Party and give something back to the supporters.

The 18-year-old attended the party alongside the rest of the Sky Blues squad and manager Steven Pressley, Neil MacFarlane and Steve Ogrizovic.

Maddison realises the importance of getting out and meeting the supporters and having been a JSB himself not so long ago, was pleased to put a smile on the faces of the young supporters.

"It's great for us to get out there," Maddison said.

"The smiles on the kids' faces is brilliant and seeing that what we're doing is pleasing them is and that's the best thing. Signing things and taking pictures is all part of it and I really enjoyed it, you see how happy it makes the kids and that's a great reward.

"I was a JSB and as a fan and I appreciate that it is a great experience, particularly at a young age. These are heroes in a way for the youngsters so it's great for them to have a chance to socialise and have conversations with us, I think they realise that we're human!

"I think everyone has had a nice time and it's great to see."

The young midfielder came on for the second-half against Fleetwood Town on Saturday and made an impact as the Sky Blues came from behind to take a point.

But Maddison, who has made 11 first-team appearances, is insistent that he still has a lot to prove and is eager to start more games over the Christmas period in order to keep showing what he can do.

He continued: "I felt good. The gaffer said I was going on at half-time and we were losing 1-0, so I made sure I had to have an influence on the game, that's what he wanted me to do.

"I thought I played well, I've had some good feedback. I really want to establish myself now, I think I've shown glimpses of what I can do but I've still got a lot more to offer and hopefully get more minutes over the Christmas period and show what I'm all about.

"I've still got to prove myself and hopefully I can get a chance to do that in the coming weeks."

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