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Coker: The hard work starts now

18 July 2013

Having earned a permanent deal with Blues, Ben Coker insists the hard work starts now as the season draws ever closer.

Ben Coker can’t wait for the season to get started now after earning a contract with Blues following a successful trial with the Club.

Coker was with Blues from the first day of pre-season and the left-back did enough in training and in three friendlies, to earn a contract from manager Phil Brown.

The 24-year-old was understandably pleased to be back with a Football League side having been released by Colchester United in February last year.

Speaking exclusively to Blues Player, Coker said: “I’m over the moon to be honest because it’s been hard work since the end of last season.

“I worked really hard over the close season and got a personal trainer to make sure I was in the best shape possible and that’s helped me massively.

“I’ve really enjoyed my three weeks here so far and the lads have all been great since I came here.

“Obviously I knew John White from Colchester so it’s been nice to have him around, but all the lads have been very welcoming.

“Pre-season has been really tough and intense but it’s all building towards that first game of the season against Plymouth.

“Last season was tough for me with the change of manager and things just didn’t work out at Colchester in the end.

“Because of the timings when I left them I couldn’t sign for another Football League club so I re-joined Histon and that was a big help for me.”

Coker has played at left-back in all four of Blues’ pre-season games and has formed a decent partnership with Anthony Straker.

The 24-year-old says fans can expect to see him get forward as much as possible and support whoever is playing on the left wing.

He added: “I think I’ve done well linking up with Strakes in the pre-season games and we seem to work well with each other.

“I’m a left-back in the main but I like to get forward and overlap the left winger as much as possible but also make sure I do my defensive duties.

“Phil Brown has highlighted how he wants to build from a solid back four and then attack with pace and purpose.

“I’ve been very impressed by the manager since I cam here. The sessions are all beneficial and he’s been great with me personally since I arrived on trial.”

Ben is now looking forward to Madrid and then the first game of the season against Plymouth Argyle. While it may have been tough work earning a deal with Blues, he knows the hard graft starts again now.

“When you’re on trial you do have to work even harder I think to prove yourself,” he said.

“But I’m delighted to have earned the deal, it does make it feel a little bit more special knowing you’ve impressed enough to earn it.

“We’ve got a few more pre-season games to come and I’m really looking forward to going out to Madrid, but it’s all about that first game of the season against Plymouth and I can’t wait for it in front of the home fans.”

You can listen to Ben's first interview since signing for Blues exclusively on Blues Player.

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