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"Being born in Coventry, return to the Ricoh Arena will be so special." - Jordan Willis

1 September 2014

Sky Blues defender underlines his excitement at the prospect of playing in front of a bumper crowd at the Ricoh Arena on Friday

City defender Jordan Willis says that he is excited by the chance to make his first start for the Sky Blues at the Ricoh Arena.

The 20-year-old came on as a substitute twice towards the end of the 2012/13 League One season but could be in line to make his full Ricoh Arena debut against Gillingham on Friday.

In that time, Coventry-born Willis has established himself as a regular in manager Steven Pressley's plans, and says that Friday's game means more to him due to coming from the city.

However he is not looking past tomorrow's Johnstones Paint Trophy first round clash with Wycombe Wanderers.

He said: "You want to get as far as you can in any competition and tomorrow is no different. The manager hasn't said who is going to be playing yet, we will find out later today.

"But obviously we all want to play and we want to progress to the next round. Everyone would love a cup run, no matter what competition it is in."

Willis has been part of a back line that has two clean sheets already this season and he says that this improvement is down to players progressing from last season. 

"It's great to get clean sheets on the board already this season. I think it's down to players stepping up and taking more responsibility, this time last year we conceded more goals so I hope we can keep improving," he added.

"I like the new system we are playing and getting the full backs to push on. Ryan (Haynes) has done really well so far, he's got a couple of assists and Aaron (Philips) also stepped in and did really well on Saturday."

Willis is one of a number of Sky Blues, along with Jordan Clarke and Conor Thomas, who were born in the city and he says the club's return is extra special to them due to living in and around the area.

"It's just massive, I can't wait to get back there. I've had family all week asking me to get them tickets, everyone in the city just wants to be a part (of Friday), it will be so special.

"Being born here and growing up as a fan I think it means more, but everyone knows how important it is, and we can't wait to have the fans cheering us on.

"It can be daunting, but after five minutes or so we will be focused on the game, though the fans will give us an extra lift, especially with the game being a sell out. I can't wait."

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