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"It hurt not to play from the start of the season but I had to prove I was ready for the occasion." - Coventry City's Lee Burge

7 November 2014

Sky Blue keeper is relishing the opportunity of playing regular football with the first team squad and being involved in City's FA Cup tie against Worcester…

Coventry City goalkeeper Lee Burge expressed his delight at being a current part of manager Steven Pressley's plans going forward as the Sky Blues look to push up the SkyBet League One table.

Speaking ahead of City's First Round FA Cup tie against Worcester City at the Ricoh Arena, Burge spoke about his loan spell at Nuneaton Town and how it improved him on and off the field.

Burge kept an impressive ten clean sheets in 17 starts with the Boro and said that he enjoyed his time at the Conference Premier side.

"My time at Nuneaton was great," he said. "The loan spell got me up to becoming second choice last season, behind Joe Murphy, and it was the first step towards becoming the main goalkeeper for this team, which is what I am desperate to do.

"It hurt not to play from the start of the season but I had to prove that I was ready for the occasion. My aim at the start of the season was to be featuring for the first team and I'm so glad that I've got my chance."

Burge has been featured in recent games ahead of fellow keeper Ryan Allsop. The Hereford-born stopper stated that the rivalry with the man on loan from Bournemouth has spurred him on and that both of them are learning a great deal from training with legendary Sky Blues goalkeeping coach Steve Ogrizovic.

He continued: "Me and Ryan get on really well. It's a healthy rivalry, we are spurring each other to do better and better things and he kept me out of the side at the start of the season, so I've been working extra hard so that I get my chance.

"We're learning day in day out on the training ground. Working with Steve Ogrizovic every day is great, he's a man that has been there and done it all, and I learn so much from him, and have done over the last nine years."

Impressing fans at the Boro and the Sky Blues with his shot-stopping, Burge is looking at improving all aspects of his game and states that current Germany number one Manuel Neuer is the goalkeeper he aspires to replicate.

He concluded: "One of my main jobs is communication. I'm working at that, I have to keep talking to the defence and concentrating on the players in front of me.

"Manuel Neuer is the best keeper in the world right now, that's who I look up too. He has the whole package, and I want my game to be based around his abilities."

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