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PROFILE: Coventry City's Ryan Haynes on inviting Steven Gerrard to his birthday party, his progression and ambitions with City!

6 June 2014

Having signed his first professional deal with the club last season, check out Ryan Haynes' profile...

Coventry City will be welcoming Academy products Ivor Lawton, Jack Finch and Ryan Haynes into the full first-team set-up next season after they signed their first professional deals with the club.

The three players featured regularly at Under-21s level last season and have impressed manager Steven Pressley enough to keep them at the club next season.

If you don't know much about the three youngsters, don't worry because we've got it covered!

The Coventry City award-winning match-day programme PUSB profiled every Academy player during the 2013/14 season with a series of introductory questions and we've made the profiles available at The final profile is Ryan Haynes'.

Ryan Haynes' Academy Profile

Name: Ryan Haynes
Age: 18
Position: Left-back

Where are you from? 


When did you first join the Coventry City Academy and how did it come about?

I was spotted in a tournament at Rugby Town when I was eight-years old. I was playing for Long Buckby Juniors at the time.

I had a trial at the club soon after that and luckily they signed me up.

What was the best part about being in the Academy?

Playing football every day of course, but also being around the lads who have similar interests.

The group were very determined and were hungry to succeed so it always good to play with people who you knew would be as determined as you are.

What is it like training with the first team?

It has been incredible this year, but also a challenge. I really had to step up to the pace the first-team train at but I think it has definitely improved me as a player.

The squad have been great to me and have always been approachable if I want some advice. 

Who was your footballing hero growing up?

I was a Liverpool fan growing up so it would have to be John Arne Riise, not just because of the hair!

He was a top quality left-back and wasn't just good defensively but also scored some great goals. He was exciting to watch so he is definitely someone I always remember growing up.

Do you model yourself on anyone now? 

Not really, but I do look at players and think about what I would like to take from their game and add to mine.

I'm my own person. Over the past year, I've learnt a lot from training with the first-team and listened to their advice in training has been great for me.

What is your biggest strength on the pitch?

I think I'm quite good going forward. I always look forward to support the attack and my crossing is pretty good as well.

I've become a lot stronger over the last year and I think that has definitely improved my speed as well. I think I need to be good going forward as the way we play means full-backs are invited to push on.

What do you need to work on?

I need to get stronger and maybe work on my heading in defensive positions. Also, I think I need to become more confident in my ability on and off the pitch.

I think I've come a long way in the last year so hopefully another year of progression is ahead.

What is your ambition for this season?

To kick on again. I want to continue to get better as I think I've progressed quite a lot since my first-team debut against Brentford last season.

I want to stay fit and hopefully get some first-team appearances this season. Also, I would like to win more games with Under-21s this season. We were definitely one of the best teams in the league this season in terms of style of play but couldn't get the results we deserved so that is also an ambition.

I scored against Huddersfield Under-21s in the final game of the season which was a great team goal so I would like to score more goals next season.

Watch the goal against Huddersfield Under-21s below...

What is your ultimate ambition?

I would love to one day play for my country. It is probably the ambition of most young players but it would be a dream come true.

Of course, to play in the Premier League would also be great and if I could win a cup and play at Wembley, that would be amazing.

Also, I would like to be successful here at Coventry. I spent so much time with the club so it would be great if I could experience success here.

What are your interests outside football?

I like spending my time outdoors. I went fishing a week or so ago with my brother which was good and I like getting out and doing things like adventure parks.

I like spending time with the family and going cinema and bowling with your friends is always good.

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise your team-mates?

I once invited Steven Gerrard to my six-year old birthday party. He didn't turn up.

But he did send me a poster which was great.

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