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"Every footballer wants to start. The squad is ready for the Bradford City game." - Coventry City's Josh McQuoid

8 August 2014

The City loanee has also revealed playing a striker at City was a big attraction to coming to the club...

Coventry City striker Josh McQuoid hopes he has claimed a place in Steven Pressley's starting XI for City's first League One game of the season against Bradford City.

The 24-year old striker signed on loan from Championship side AFC Bournemouth this week to give the City boss a much-needed option up front.

Former Sheffield United striker Shaun Miller and ex-Forest man Marcus Tudgay have both signed for the club this summer, and all three strikers are vying for a place in the side against the Bantams.

Having spent a week training with the Sky Blues, McQuoid has praised the quality of the squad and believes the Bantams will be a tough test tomorrow.

McQuoid said: "I've enjoyed my first week here. You can tell the amount of quality the squad has just by the pace and tempo in training. 

"It's been really good. I've had a full pre-season so I'm ready to go and can't wait for tomorrow. The squad are really looking forward to it.

"I want to start, every footballer wants to start. There is good competition in the squad for every place. Shaun Miller and Marcus Tudgay are very good strikers so it'll be difficult.

"No matter where I'm starting from, the pitch or the bench, I just can't wait to get going again. When the season starts, there is a different feel to it."

McQuoid has often played on the wings and in midfield during his career but the former Millwall man has said a major selling point of joining the club was that the City boss wants to play him as a striker.

He added: "I was in contact with the manager throughout the summer and I was happy to get the deal done. I want to play as a striker.

"I've played in a lot of positions during my career as I seem to be a player which can do a job in other positions.

"If I need to play out wide or in midfield, I'll happily do that but it was good to see the manager wanted me here to play up front."

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