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'Holland helped discipline' - Daniels

24 July 2013

City midfielder Billy Daniels reiterated his desire for first team action in the 2013/14 League One season...

Coventry City midfielder Billy Daniels believes the pre-season tour of Holland helped the squad become more disciplined.

The 18-year old midfielder played a crucial role in the 2-0 pre-season win over Cheltenham Town, where Leon Clarke and Cyrus Christie secured the win with goals either side of the break.

Daniels signed a new two-year deal with the club this summer and has already signalled his intent to break into the first team.

The City Academy graduate said: "It was a great performance from the team. We battled through the tough moments in the game and came through it stronger which is what you are looking for in pre-season.

"I was pleased with my performance and obviously happy to chip in with an assist for Leon's (Clarke) goal which he took really well. 

"The manager has said that there are places up for grabs in the first team and I would love to make an impression when the season comes around.

"The gaffer has always said if you impress him, you will get a chance and it is always good to know as a young player."

Daniels travelled with the squad for the pre-season tour where the City midfielder featured in all three games against TSV Wachtendonk, Willem II and Heracles Almelo.

Having been an intense week of training and matches, Daniels believes it has improved team spirit amongst the squad.

He added: "I really enjoyed going on the tour as there was a lot of discipline and I believe it has helped me get much closer to match fitness.

"There was a lot of early mornings and a lot of running which was difficult with the heat we experienced.

"But, as a player, it is important you put in that hard work as that is just getting you closer to where you need to be.

"Of course, it brought the team together as well. There wasn't much to do outside of training so you become closer as a group."

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