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"I joined here for one big reason, promotion. That's our aim." Coventry City's Sam Ricketts

6 July 2015

In Ricketts' first interview since signing for the club, he also reveals what he thinks is needed to get the Sky Blues out of League One...

Coventry City's newest signing Sam Ricketts said he joined the club because of the ambition to earn promotion to the Championship.

Ricketts, who has already experienced promotion from League One with Wolves back in 2013/14, believes the aim of the Sky Blues' aim for a return to the Championship is not unrealistic under Tony Mowbray's stewardship.

The 33-year old, who admitted he almost moved to the Sky Blues on loan last season, said that Mowbray's continued interest was another crucial factor in sealing the move to the Sky Blues.

"I'm delighted to have joined," Ricketts said.

"I nearly came here on loan last season, but the club kept an interest in me and I spoke to the gaffer a lot.

"That was an influence of course, you always want to be wanted and feel that you can be used to your best potential. The way the gaffer spoke to me, he was someone I wanted to play for.

"I joined here for one big reason, promotion. That's our aim."

City's newest signing has a huge wealth of experience, from playing in the Premier League for both Bolton Wanderers and Hull City as well as winning 52 caps for Wales.

Ricketts believes that the ability to control games is a quality teams need to possess to get out of League One, something which he believes Mowbray will instil into the squad.

He continued: "Obviously when I got promoted at Wolves that was a great year. It did take a while to get going, it wasn't until Christmas when we hit full gear and ran away with it.

"You need quality players, a good foundation and to be a side that controls games to get out of this league. Cut and thrust teams can start well but only last half a season but teams that can control games survive the duration. I feel that the manager will help to promote that passing and controlled style of play.

"But I'm glad to be back in the swing of things with my first session today, it's always tough in pre-season and I'm a few days behind.

"The last time I played was in the play-off final, so it will be nice to go to Nuneaton on Saturday and get going again."

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