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"It’s a massive football club, there is a fantastic fan-base. I’m delighted I’m finally here." - Coventry City's Danny Pugh

16 July 2014

The experienced left-back hopes his experience will benefit the younger players in the City squad...

Coventry City’s new signing Danny Pugh said it was a “no brainer” for him to join the club after he was officially unveiled as the Sky Blues’ latest summer recruit.

The 31-year-old penned a one-year-deal with City today with an option for a further year after his contract expired with Championship side Leeds United.

Pugh is Steven Pressley’s sixth signing of the summer as the attacking full-back follows Danny Swanson, Jim O’Brien, Ryan Allsop, Mohamed Coulibaly and new club skipper Reda Johnson through the door at the Ryton training ground. 

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And Pugh, who has amassed 80 top-flight appearances for Stoke City before moving to Elland Road in 2012, is confident the Sky Blues will be challenging for promotion next season.

“I’m delighted to be here - I really am,” Pugh said. “It’s been a long summer waiting for it to happen and I’m delighted I’m finally here.

“It’s a massive football club, there is a fantastic fan-base.

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“It’s exciting times. There are some good players in the squad and to add to that will only be a good thing. 

“I came down and met the manager, and his enthusiasm and plans for the club are fantastic so it was a no brainer to come and here and to get promotion.

“I think that’s the big thing really, you want to get first and foremost into the play-offs and then anything above that is great and I’m excited to get started.”

The former Manchester United man trained with the squad today and is expected to fill the left-back spot which has been left following the departure of Blair Adams to Notts County.

But Pugh is already aware of competition for places, and is adamant that he will have to work hard to secure his spot despite his stellar career to date.

He explained: “Training was good today, I got to meet the lads and in my first run about I thoroughly enjoyed it.

“It’s nice that there is a place there for you, but you’re not guaranteed anything so I’ll have to work hard to nail that spot down. 

“It’s hard for me to talk about my own qualities – I suppose my experience of playing a few games in the Championship is a good thing, but I’ll let the manager handle that side of it, and do the best I can on the pitch.

“I’ve already heard about Ryan Haynes, and that he will become a good player. If there is any advice I can pass onto him then I’m sure we will push each other for a spot.”

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