Reice Charles-Cook

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Reice Charles-Cook

Coventry City

Goalkeeper

08.04.1994

British

Reice came up through the Arsenal academy and progressed to their U18 and U21 teams. In the 2012/2013 season Reice starred in the NextGen Series, with some notable performances against the likes of Olympiakos and Atletico Bilbao. Perhaps less glamorous, but arguably of more importance, was a brief loan spell at Conference South club Chelmsford City where - as a teenage keeper - Reice had his first taste of senior footballer. A number of man of the match performances, and some quite remarkable saves, propelled Reice in to the spotlight.

After working with esteemed goalkeeper coach Fred Barber, Reice joined Bury in League Two so as to continue his development under Fred. Reice made his league debut on 15 March 2014 in a goalless draw to Southend United as a half-time sub for Brian Jensen, and his full debut a few days later away to Torquay United.

Reice turned down a new deal at Bury in the summer of 2014, and joined League One club Coventry City - now developing under the expert eye of Sky Blues legend Steve Ogrizovic. Shortly after that move was completed, Coventry agreed to loan Reice out until the end of 2014 to neighbours Nuneaton Town (in the Conference Premier) although Reice will remain training with his parent club.

Reice made his debut for Nuneaton Town in the Conference Premier on 9th August 2014 at home to Eastleigh. He kept his first clean sheet a few days later as he performed impressively to assist Nuneaton in securing a 0-0 draw away at likely promotion challengers Grimsby Town. Further plaudits were received by Reice in subsequent games, notably another clean sheet against promotion favourites Forest Green Rovers and, on 1st November, a man of the match performance against Macclesfield.

After 13 successive appearances for Nuneaton, on the 3rd October 2014, Reice's parent club agreed terms on an extended contract which sees him remain at Coventry City until the end of the 2015-2016 season.

On the 11th November 2014, following 17 appearances for Nuneaton, Coventry City re-called Reice, seven weeks before his loan had been due to end.

On the 11th August 2015, Reice finally made his competitive debut for the Sky Blues, playing well in the League Cup tie away to Rochdale. A number of impressive saves kept Coventry in the game at 1-1, although the tie eventually ended in a penalty shoot-out defeat. Reice did not have to wait too long to progress to a League One debut ; on the 3rd October 2015 he was promoted to the no.1 jersey for the home fixture against Shrewsbury Town. Coventry won the game 3-0 and Reice impressed with his calmness as he secured a clean-sheet on his League debut for the Sky Blues. Reice's next start came a few days later in the Football League Trophy away to Yeovil, and he again kept a clean-sheet in normal time (although Coventry would lose on penalties) and Reice made it 3 in 3 away to Fleetwood on the 10th October in a 1-0 League One win. That became 4 in 4 with a 0-0 draw at home to Blackpool on the 17th October - the first Coventry keeper in history to keep 3 clean sheets in his first 3 League appearances. Reice extended that record further on the 20th October; another clean sheet away to Rochdale made it 4 in his first 4 League appearances (and 5 in 5 in all). In his next game, away to Swindon, whilst Reice did finally concede a goal that was not before he managed to beat Coventry's post-war record of the most minutes without conceding a goal. In surviving 578 minutes, Reice beat the previous record of 572 minutes held by none other than his current keeper coach, Sky Blues legend Steve Ogrizovic.

Coventry remained unbeaten in Reice's first 11 League appearances, as Tony Mowbray's side started to mount a promotion challenge. On he 12th November 2015, Reice's fine form was rewarded as he signed a new contract with the Sky Blues, extending his stay to the summer of 2018. In Reice's first 16 appearances in the League, he had suffered defeat only once and by the end of his break-through season as a Football League player, Reice had started 39 games in all competitions and 37 in the League.






















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