Grimsby Telegraph

Coke’s eyes are on extended stay at the Mariners

MIDFIELDER ENJOYING LIFE AT BLUNDELL PARK, DESPITE DROP FIGHT

- By JAMES FINDLATER james.findlater@reachplc.com @JamieFin_

GILES Coke hopes he’ll be able to carry on playing in the EFL next season – and he wants to do it with Grimsby Town.

The midfielder has made himself a regular fixture in Paul Hurst’s side since finally getting his transfer from Hereford over the line earlier this year.

Coke is only contracted until the end of the season, and admits he hasn’t thought about his future beyond May as the Mariners try to stave off relegation back to non - league.

And although their task h a s become even harder after last weekend’s defeat to Bradford left them seven points from safety with just six games remaining, Coke still hopes they can retain their place in League Two for next season – and be a part of the plans in the summer.

“I’ve really enjoyed it here,” Coke told the Telegraph. “It’s a really good club, a really good bunch of players and I really like the staff.

“It’s a shame we’re in the situation that we’re in. Even though I’m enjoying it, part of me is not enjoying it because we’re fighting for our lives. “But this happens in football. We know what our job is, we know what we need to do, and we’ll try our best to do it.” On his future, Coke added: “I don’t have a clue. For one, we don’t know what league we’re going to be in, we’re taking it game by game.” Asked whether he wanted to stay in the EFL, Coke replied: “Definitely, and I’d like to potentiall­y do that with this club. “But like I said, we need to take it game by game. I’m a positive person, I keep believing, and I do believe we can do it.” Regardless of what happens with Town this season, Coke should find himself in a better situation this summer compared to last year. A nightmare final season at Oldham saw him frozen out of the team by the club’s owners, and when it came to finding a new club, he had to head down to the second tier of non-league, before he got the chance to return to the

Football League with Town this year.

“What went on at Oldham was a crazy situation that I’ve never experience­d in my life before, and probably the toughest in my career,” Coke said.

“These things happen in football with the owners. Unfortunat­ely, it didn’t work out, but I’m just really glad to be back playing.

“The most important thing for me is giving everything for myself and not really showing anybody else.

“I’m not someone who feels I have to prove myself to others, I do it for myself and my family, and I always give 100 per cent.”

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