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"We want to extend Gary Madine's loan deal. But there are no deals on any players imminent yet." Coventry City's Steven Pressley

2 January 2015

The Sky Blues boss expects a busier period after the Walsall game with no fixture for ten days and the departure of several loan players...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has expressed his intention to extend Gary Madine's loan spell with the club.

The striker has played in all but one game since his arrival back in November, netting three goals, but the current deal means he will return to Sheffield Wednesday after the Walsall game on Saturday.

Pressley again stated that he is the club's number one target and is eager to extend his loan before looking at his longer term future.

"There is a chance at the moment to extend Gary Madine's current loan spell with the club for a further 28 days," Pressley said.

"We hope we can agree that, but come the end of the month Gary will have decisions to make whether that be continue playing his football here or elsewhere, Gary can make that call.

"We stress he is our number one target but a lot will come down to financial issues and if Gary can get an offer out of our structure that's something we can do nothing about.

"But Gary has been playing really well over the past few months, he's become a real presence and influence on the way the team plays. He's given us that focal point and his contribution to the team hasn't just been goals and assists but the way he brings others into play."

Madine is one of a number of players who will return to their parent clubs after the Walsall clash on Saturday, with Pressley confirming earlier this week that Seb Hines is one of the loanees who won't be staying with the club.

But the manager admits he still has plenty of decisions to make, although there is nothing in the pipeline just yet.

The City boss added: "There is nothing imminent bu we expect a very busy week after the Walsall game as we don't play for ten days.

"We've also got a situation where we lose the vast majority of our loan players, so we will have decisions to make. We have a paper thin squad so we face a number of challenges and definitely have to address it.

"In terms of finance as I've said we wil have to wheel and deal, there is no 'transfer kitty' as such so we have to be creative and we're trying to do that."


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