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"To get to a club like this and make my home debut I can't stop smiling! It's a dream." Coventry City's Reice Charles-Cook

5 October 2015

The Sky Blues stopper also hopes to establish himself and make "many more appearances for this club..."

Coventry City goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook hailed his league debut against Shrewsbury Town as "a dream come true."

Charles-Cook made his first league start for the Sky Blues in the 3-0 win over the Shrews at the Ricoh Arena, coming in for Lee Burge who was too unwell to play.

The 21-year old kept a clean-sheet and had a fairly comfortable day but revealed that he cannot stop smiling about Saturday and what it meant to him.

"It couldn't have gone any better on Saturday," Charles-Cook said.

"The back four did what they had to do and I couldn't have dreamed for a better league debut. To make my first league start it’s a dream come true.

"When you score three goals people don't look at the defensive side of things. But we do! We're pleased with the way we defended. The gaffer gave us a plan and we executed it to perfection.

"Saturday will stay with me forever. I keep saying it, but it really is a dream for me. When I was playing for my Sunday team I always said I'd love to be a professional.

"A lot of boys fall out of the leagues when they leave Arsenal so to come to a club like this and make my home debut I can't stop smiling!"

With his first league appearance for City, Charles-Cook hopes to use it as a foundation to establish himself in the game.

The former Arsenal stopper does understand though, that Burge may well regain his place when he fully recovers from illness. Charles-Cook is adamant that the competition is one of respect though and would understand if Burge went straight back into the starting XI.

He continued: "We do support each other me and Lee, Lee was happy for me. 

"He wasn't dropped for playing poorly and if he goes back in I have no complaints. You need to respect each other; he's made no mistakes and doesn't deserve to lose his place.

"To be honest still right now it still feels like a dream, but I'd like to use it as a marker and establish myself and my name. I hope to go on and play many more games with this club."

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