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"It is a massive honour to wear the armband for my hometown club and I try to be a leader out there." - Coventry City's Jordan Willis

28 October 2016

Ever-present City defender Jordan Willis on the captaincy and this weekend's opponents Walsall...

Defender Jordan Willis says he is delighted with his role as a leader in the dressing room ahead of the Midlands derby day clash tomorrow. 

Willis is the only City player to feature in every game this season, appearing 18 times, with the Coventry born lad now nearing the 100th appearance milestone.  

The 22-year-old suffered a season-ending knee injury against this weekend’s opponents last season, but has put his injury woes behind him this term. 

“It’s a fantastic feeling to be playing football. When you look back to last season and the injury, it’s great to get as many minutes in as I have been doing recently.

“It’s a big improvement from last season, so I hope to stay fit and progress as a player and carry it on.

“Walsall doesn’t carry the happiest of memories from last season, but the year before we went there and won, so if we can replicate anything like that tomorrow the whole squad will be happy.”

Buoyed by a clean sheet against Rochdale seven days ago, Willis is hoping to build the attack from the back as his side go in search of three points against the Saddlers tomorrow.  

“I think it all starts from the back. We have to confident enough to play the ball out and find players further up the pitch, so we have to contribute.

“Our style of play wouldn’t work if the defenders looked to clear the ball or play a direct style, so we have to be involved in the build-up.”

He added: “We all need to contribute to the attacking play throughout the season. If we can be a danger from set-pieces, specifically corners, that will help us as a team.” 

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