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'Contract talks will happen' - Pressley

5 September 2013

Steven Pressley also admits he is delighted that his current first team stayed at the club during the transfer window...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has revealed the club had 'plenty of bids' during the transfer window, and is delighted to keep hold of his young players.

The Sky Blues have started the 2013/14 League One season positively having claimed eight points out of the first five league matches, and are currently the highest scoring team in English football.

Callum Wilson is League One's top-scorer on six goals whilst strike partner Leon Clarke has netted four, including a brace against Carlisle United.

It was reported that the duo attracted interest from other clubs during the transfer window, but Pressley believes the future looks bright having kept hold of his current first team.

The City boss said: "My main concern leading up towards the end of the transfer window was keeping hold of our young players.

"We managed to do that despite having several offers on players and a lot of interest on several members of our squad.

"I'm delighted that we have been able to see the window through without losing anybody and that is a real positive going forward this season.

"Now, we have an opportunity to add our squad but like I have said before, I am not going to go out there and rush my decision.

"I need to make sure we get the right sort of players in who can blend into our culture of working hard, and buy into our playing philosophy."

There are several young players such as Conor Thomas, Jordan Willis and Callum Wilson whose contracts run out at the end of the season.

Pressley is now looking to address that issue and line up contract talks with several members of the squad.

He said: "The next thing we need to focus on now is to address the contract situation with a number of our young players.

"I want to retain the services of our young players who will be able help us build a healthy future for our football club.

"I think the one thing which will help convince any of our players staying here is the unity within the group. Many of the players are good friends, there is a spirit and a togetherness around the place.

"I think a lot of our players are very much enjoying their football. No matter how much you get paid, ultimately, you want to enjoy your football."


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