Defender says he'll give it his all to help Blues achieve promotion
Defender Chris Barker has said he’ll do whatever it takes to prove himself to manager Phil Brown and push his way back into this plans for the season.
The 33-year-old who is heading into his fourth full season with Blues says he will continue to give 100% both on and off the pitch in the hope he can help the team achieve what they set out to do three years ago when he first joined.
Barker said: “When I came here three years ago we had a thing to do, and that was to get this club out of League 2. We’ve nearly done it a couple of times but I want to finish that thing this season.
“We’ve got to start that on Saturday. The manager has brought in some good players who will certainly help us try to achieve promotion and I just hope I can be part of that team.
“I really enjoyed the game against West Ham and it was a chance to prove myself to the manager. I know I’m good enough and I know I’m getting old but I want to play football as long as I can.
“I’ve always given 100 per cent and I hope the fans realise that. I’ll continue to do that for as long as I’m playing and will give me all for this Club. There’s nothing like being out there on the pitch in front of the fans and it was nice to get 90 minutes too.”
Barker admits he was disappointed not to travel to Madrid with Blues, but feels he is ready for the season having played in four and a half games in pre-season.
He also said he was fully behind new Club captain John White and would be happy to lend him any advice he needed throughout the season.
Barks added: “It wasn’t nice missing out on Madrid but I respect the manager’s decision. I just want to play football so I went to Hereford and played in a game for them to keep myself ticking over.
“I’ve got to do whatever I can to make the manager change his opinion and I will give it 100 per cent. Pre-season has been tough, it always is, but I’ve played in four full matches and feel ready for the season to get underway.
“I’m fully behind John as the new captain. I knew him from our time at Colchester years ago and he’s a great lad who will lead by example both on and off the pitch.
“I’m there for him if he ever needs any advice or help.”
An interview with Chris is available on Blues Player.