Ben Coker on his new contract with Southend United
As reward for his impressive first season at Roots Hall, left-back Ben Coker signed a new two-year deal on Wednesday afternoon.
Now the 24-year-old is targeting collective reward by finishing the season with promotion to League 1 via the play-offs.
Coker, who signed for Blues last summer after impressing on trial, is delighted with what he describes a ‘big year’ for him.
He said: “I’m delighted to have agreed a new deal and I’ve been really pleased with how I’ve done this season. I’m thankful the manager has believed in me and given me the opportunity.
“I’m grateful to the club for the new contract and hope I can continue to be a big part of the team, and hopefully help us achieve promotion to League 1.
“This year has been a big one for me because I’ve gone from playing in non-league to a new two-year deal in the Football League, so of course I’m really pleased with how things have gone.
“Now it’s all about getting the collective reward as a team and that’s promotion to League 1 via the play-offs. We’ve worked hard as a squad all season, and we’ve got some very big games coming up.”
Coker has been a virtual ever-present for Blues, missing just one game through suspension, with only goalkeeper Daniel Bentley on the same number of appearances as him.
The full-back was delighted to have played so many games, and says there’s a lot more to come from him.
He added: “I have to thank the manager first and foremost for signing me in the summer and then showing the faith in me. I always felt I could really show what I could do with an extended run in a team.
“Up until joining Southend United I hadn’t really had that, so I was determined to take my chance and make as much of an impact as I possibly could.
“Come the end of the season I may well have missed just one game, and that was through suspension which is disappointing, but for me personally it has been great to play so many games.
“There’s definitely more to come from me. I think this club is moving in the right direction and I wanted to stay a part of that.
“We’ve got four league games left to make sure we’re in the play-offs, and then who knows what can happen. We all hope we’re playing in League 1 next season.”