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12 December 2018

Teenager ahead of schedule and thrilled to be given his chance

Jack Lankester says he is surprised but delighted that he has forced his way into the first-team this season.

The Academy graduate, 18, has started for Blues in the last two games and is well ahead of his pre-season target.

“I would never have expected to be sitting here saying I have started games in the Championship and made five or six appearances,” said Jack in an interview with the matchday programme for Saturday’s game against Wigan.

“I did set myself targets in the summer. I was looking to get off to a good start with the U23s and score as many goals as I could for them.

“I wanted to be involved, eventually, with the first-team. I wasn’t really looking at starting games, I was more hoping for perhaps one or two substitute appearances towards the end of the season so obviously for the opportunities to come around as quickly as they have done is great for me.

“I am obviously in the squad now and I want to be involved as much as possible. I believe I have the ability and I just want to do the best for the team and for myself.

“I know I can’t be complacent though because I am only at the start of a long road. I’ve got a long way to go and a lot to prove.”

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