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"A loan player should be there to give their all, help the team and improve himself." - Coventry City' Matthew Pennington

2 January 2015

The City defender was delighted to extend his time at the club and is determined not to waste a 'great opportunity'...

Coventry City defender Matthew Pennington has admitted it made 'perfect sense' to extend his stay at the Sky Blues.

The 20-year old right-back has been an ever-present since arriving in November, have made six appearances for the Sky Blues.

Pennington, whose initial loan spell was due to end on January 4th, will now stay with the club until February 7th meaning he could play in a further five games for the club.

The Warrington-born defender confirmed that the final decision rested with him and that he has enjoyed his time at the club so far.

Pennington said: "It made perfect sense to me to extend my stay here, I've been playing consistent games at a big club so it only made sense to keep playing games and hopefully keep improving.

"I get a say in the final decision ultimately as well, but it goes down to the two clubs, what they want to do but it comes to me and I can make a decision.

"Playing first-team football is how I'm going to get better and keep improving so it was vital to stay here to keep improving and learning.

"I think we're playing well at the moment but we're not quite getting results, we should have beaten Chesterfield but I think in a few games if we continue in the same vein the results will come."

Pennington was initially signed to cover the injuries of Jordan Willis and Aaron Phillips but has since kept both players out of the side with his impressive form.

The right-back believes the loan spell with the Sky Blues is a great opportunity and that he will give his all during his time at the club.

He added: "I completely disagree with the fact that a loan player wouldn't want to give their all. A loan player is there to help the team, improve himself and show everyone what they're about. I've got every reason to throw my head in and get my foot in for a tackle so I'm really committed to the team here.

"I'm 100% committed, maybe there are exceptions for loan players I'm not sure, but I'm more than happy to give my all, that should be the standard.

"It's a big stage for me to perform at, it's a great opportunity.

"We're all together, it doesn't matter if you're a loan player, academy player or senior player there are no divides everyone works well together."


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