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"A year ago, I was on the bench for Forest Green. More non-league players deserve a chance." - Coventry City's Chris Stokes

18 December 2015

The 24-year old defender has been a revelation since joining the Sky Blues in February and he's determined to keep it going...

Coventry City defender Chris Stokes believes more players from non-league deserve a chance in the Football League after a great 2015 for the defender.

The 24-year old joined the club in February last season on loan from Conference side Forest Green Rovers and hasn't looked back.

Stokes has only missed the Johnstone's Paint Trophy game against Yeovil Town this season, with the left-back and Romain Vincelot the only ever-presents for the Sky Blues in the League this season.

Ahead of the Oldham Athletic game this weekend, Stokes feels he is getting better as a player and is determined to keep hold of his starting spot.

Stokes said: "There's a standard I'm trying to drive myself towards and I'm delighted with the way I'm progressing at the moment as I feel I'm getting better.

"Apart from a cup game, I've played every game and I'm trying to keep that going. I don't like missing games, I don't like being missed out the team so that's not something I want to happen.

"For that to happen, I've got to keep playing well because players are always pushing to get into the team and the moment you let it slip, you'll find yourself out of the team.

"I need to make sure I stay fit and keep playing well. I've had a good season so far and I'm trying my best to keep it up at the moment."

There has been a lot of recent focus on the non-league game with Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy taking the Premier League by storm despite a lengthy career in non-league.

Stokes believes there are still plenty of players plying their trade outside the Football League who deserves a chance with a professional club.

He added: "There's a lot of players who've progressed from non-league and there's a lot of players still in non-league who probably deserve that chance. It's a good standard down there.

"I was fortunate enough to get an opportunity and I just wanted to take it with both hands. Players are still down there and waiting for that opportunity and I think you'll see more clubs looking down there.

"I want to play as high as I can. I was on the bench for Forest Green a year ago struggling to get in the team and now I'm playing in League One every week.

"I got chucked in against Sheffield United last season and since then, I haven't really missed a game so it's been a bit crazy this year but a good one."

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