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"I've been to the away days with the fans, I want to give them someone who shares their passion." Coventry City's Ivor Lawton

6 July 2015

Lawton, who has been at the club since the age of six, said he will "put his body on the line" for the cause...

Coventry City midfielder Ivor Lawton has expressed his desire to give his all for the football club after signing his new deal.

Lawton, who has played for the club for 13 years, signed a new one-year deal last week to remain at his boyhood club.

The 19-year old revealed that it was never in doubt as to whether he would sign or not, but admitted that negotiations took slightly longer than usual as he sought guarantees he would be played in his preferred centre-midfield role.

He said: "It was never in doubt that I was going to sign. I had to go over a few things with the manager, I want to be given a chance in my preferred central-midfield role. I played centre-back last season but I just got on with it for the team. You should be able to be versatile, but I want to prove myself as a box-to-box midfielder.

"The fans have got time for me because I'm a Coventry boy, I've been to the away days I've been in the stands with the lads. I will spit blood for this football club and the fans want to see someone who shares their passion on the pitch. I'm willing to put my body on the line for them."

Lawton, who signed for the club as a six-year old from Mount Nod, is eager to make his first-team debut for his boyhood club.

But the midfielder acknowledges the fact he has to prove himself and is aiming not just to make the step up, but to be a leader for the team.

"In the Under-16s I scored 17 goals a season," Lawton continued. 

"But I've changed my style a bit as I've got older, I've become a more aggressive, combative footballer. 

"I get on with the manager, I like how he tells you straight. He told me what I want to work on and I appreciate that, I can look him in the eye and know he's telling me straight, I respect that in anyone.

"My aim is to not just make my debut but be a warrior for the team like the manager said in one of his interviews. I want to try and lead the team, I might be a young lad but I don't think it matters what age you are. Hopefully this season is the one."

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