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"Delighted to get the deal done. Seems like there are more signings on the way as well which is great." - Coventry City's Jim O'Brien

4 July 2014

The former Barnsley midfielder revealed he turned down other offers to sign for the Sky Blues today...

Coventry City's new signing Jim O'Brien has revealed he turned down other clubs to seal a move to Steven Pressley's side.

The 27-year old signed a two-year deal with the Sky Blues and took part in the first day of pre-season training as the City squad began their preparations ahead of the 2014/15 League One season. 

O'Brien becomes Pressley's second summer signing after the former Peterborough United winger Danny Swanson signed for City yesterday.

The former Barnsley man was one of Pressley's main targets and O'Brien said the manager's influence was one of the main reasons he signed for the Sky Blues.

O'Brien commented: "I'm delighted to get the deal done. The manager phoned me at the end of last season and told me he wanted to bring me in.

"It was one of the main reasons I signed for the club as it is always nice to be wanted. It's nice to be one of the first through the door as well because it is easier to settle into the squad.

"I had a few other offers but when I came down and met the manager, I knew this was the best option. The set-up here is extremely good and it was an easy decision.

"It has been good to get involved with the squad today. It is a tight squad but some of the youngsters are really impressive."

O'Brien scored against the Sky Blues last season in the FA Cup as City recovered from his first-half strike to record an impressive 2-1 win. 

The former Motherwell midfielder confessed he was surprised by the age of the team in the third round FA Cup win and that he got a 'great impression' of City.

He added: "I remember looking at the age of the squad and I was really surprised. There were some really impressive performances that day from the club's young players.

"Throughout the game, City liked to play the right way and I got a great impression of the side. 

"It is a very fit squad here and even though I put Barnsley 1-0 up, it never stopped Coventry. That never-say-die attitude was really good.

"I'm looking forward to being a part of that and it seems like there will be even more signings coming in which will be good for competition."

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