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"I'm delighted to extend my loan spell, I'm really enjoying it! Tony Mowbray has already improved my game." Coventry City's Chris Stokes

19 March 2015

The Sky Blues defender is also keen for the side to continue their good form at home to Doncaster on Saturday...

Coventry City defender Chris Stokes is "delighted" to extend his loan spell after impressing in his first seven games for the Sky Blues.

The Forest Green defender's loan extension was confirmed earlier today until the end of the season and the full-back has been an ever present since his debut in the 2-2 draw with Sheffield United.

The 23-year old has also enjoyed working with City boss Tony Mowbray, saying that the manager has helped him develop his game particularly after stepping up from the Conference.


"I'm really delighted to extend the deal," Stokes said.

"It is what I've been striving for since my initial month spell and that was the next step really, so now it's happened and I'm really enjoying it here.

"I was hoping in the week it would get extended, I got told I'd find out after the Fleetwood game, but I didn't get told on Wednesday! But I was relaxed and calm about it and signed it today so I'm very very happy.

"I'm still learning the league, it's different to what I've been used to but I'm learning every game, it's a new challenge for myself and every time I play I can feel myself getting more confident. 

"My main goal is to try and stay in the team and keep working hard. Tony Mowbray has been brilliant for me, he's teaching me stuff I didn't know and I want to be learning the game. He's been fantastic and has helped alter my game."

After back-to-back wins, the Sky Blues now sit three points above the relegation zone, but Stokes revealed that the team are keeping their feet firmly on the ground.

City have the chance to make it a trio of consecutive victories and the defender believes that with the confidence the team has accumulated from two well fought wins on the road, they can get the three points against Doncaster on Saturday at the Ricoh Arena.

He said: "The confidence was there before the two games, we weren't far away from wins, small things were costing us. But results breed confidence, everyone is smiling and enjoying it.

"But in our situation, we're in the thick of it and it can all change so we have to keep our feet on the ground.

"We're at home on Saturday so that gives us a great chance against anyone. We got six points from two really difficult places to go so we can be confident against Doncaster, but we have to play to our maximum and make sure we retain our form from the last two games."

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