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"Going back to the Ricoh Arena is the cherry on top after signing for the club." - Coventry City's Simeon Jackson

22 August 2014

The City striker believes playing at the Ricoh Arena will help City achieve success this season...

Coventry City striker Simeon Jackson has lauded the positive impact of the Ricoh Arena announcement on the City squad ahead of the MK Dons game.

The 27-year old striker signed for the club on Monday on a free transfer and made his first team debut for City as a late substitute in the 2-2 draw against Barnsley.

Jackson also featured for the City Under-21s in midweek and completed 45 minutes in the 0-0 draw against Swansea City at Liberty Way.

The former Norwich City striker believes playing in a bigger arena provides a huge lift to the squad and that the City fans can now make it difficult for the opposing side.

Jackson said: "Playing in an arena like that just gives you a huge lift as a player. The home fans, when there are more fans in the stadium of course, can make it an extremely opposing place. 

"The huge positive is to get back into the Ricoh Arena so early on in the season as we now know as a group where we be playing and how we can progress this season.

"It has had an enormous impact on the players and everyone is smiling at the moment. I'd heard a few things about it when I signed but it wasn't a factor.

"The announcement and the fact we're going to be playing at the Ricoh Arena is a real cherry on top."

Jackson is in contention for the MK Dons game tomorrow with competition fierce in the forward area, with Josh McQuoid, Marcus Tudgay and Shaun Miller all competing for two positions.

Having trained with the City squad for almost a week, Jackson admitted he is desperate for match fitness and hopes to play at stadium:MK.

He added: "I'm still short of match minutes really. My fitness has been improving and I kept myself in good shape during pre-season with my own personal training regime.

"When you come into a club with players who have gone through a pre-season, you're always going to be behind the rest of the squad.

"I'm just going to keep doing everything and I've really enjoyed training. The standard is very high here and I feel myself getting better.

"I'm hoping to play at MK Dons as I feel the more time on the pitch I get, the better I will become."

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