Date: 20th June 2014 at 6:48pm
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Left back Ben Coker has said he’s relishing the opportunity of playing against newly promoted Cambridge United next season, because he began in their Academy.

Despite never getting the chance to play at the Abbey Stadium, Cambridge is Coker’s local club and he was in their Academy for a few years at the 12-15 age bracket before he moved on and continued his development elsewhere, so he told the Official Site that he was delighted to see them take the step up to the Football League this season and he wishes them the best, apart from when we play them.

‘I was excited to see the fixture announcement and the first game I looked for was Cambridge United away. I actually live quite close to the Abbey and played for the club in their academy for three years when I was younger. Obviously I never got the chance to play at the stadium having moved on, so it’ll be nice to play there for the first time with it being so close to my home.’

Coker goes on to say that fixture day is always a day that gives players a buzz, because it really marks the build up to the new season ahead, and it puts a spring in everyone’s step as they look forward to coming back for pre season training and getting back properly into the swing of things again.

Having celebrated his 25 birthday last Tuesday, Coker says his main aim is to come back fit and help Southend to a good start in the league campaign so hopefully we can better our play off push last season and go on the hunt for the automatic places.

‘It’s a tough opening month with a lot of travelling but it will be good to get it out of the way, and hopefully out of the way with the points in the bag. If we can get a good pre season under our belts, we’ll be confident.’

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