Jordan's Hard Work Paying Off

Last updated : 12 November 2011 By Covsupport News Service

The hard work put in by young Coventry City defender Jordan Willis is paying off says City Academy Boss Gregor Ricoh.

Willis became the club's tenth youngest player to make his City first team debut when he came on against Southampton last Saturday and Rioch feels he has a bright future ahead of him.

Speaking to the CT's Andy Turner, Rioch said: "We're really proud of Jordan. "He was released by Birmingham City as an Under 16 and our recruitment officer Mark Fogerty knew him and he is an exampleto any young kid who experiences disappointment in football - that get told they are not good enough for whatever reason.

"We snapped him up and that disappointment has assured that he comes in every day and gives nothing less than 100% in training and in every game.

"He does additional work when no-one is watching - his flexibility, strength and practice work and that's the sign of a player who wants it.

"Not just when the coaches are watching - he does it for himself and I am so proud for his family, who have brought him up as a brilliant young man and that's why he is captain of the U18's.

"For the last ten weeks he has been training with the first team and the manager has given him the opportunity and rewarded his hard work.

"For everyone at the Academy, it is players like Jordan who make our lives a little bit easier becausewe can use him as an example as to how to represent themselves."