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"The club impressed me, I watched them play and it's a good group of young lads, the move just seems right." Coventry City's Joe Cole

19 October 2015

The 33-year former England international is looking forward to "competing again" after signing for the Sky Blues...

Coventry City's newest recruit Joe Cole has revealed that Tony Mowbray was a "vital" part of his move to the Sky Blues at his official unveiling today.


Cole has had a whirlwind week as not only did he sign for the Sky Blues, but his wife gave birth to their third child last night.

The former West Ham and Chelsea star said he hasn't had much sleep but is looking forward to getting stuck in with the squad and playing under Mowbray.

"I've had four good months of training and not got into the team at Villa so I was looking to go on loan and play," Cole said.

"I had options and the main thing is I needed one that played football in the right way and I spoke to Tony. He impressed me and of course he has a reputation for playing a passing style with teams who can pop it about.

"He was massive because of the way his teams play. I spoke to him and he seemed like a genuine guy, we got on and have the same philosophy on football, he was the main cog in the deal happening, him and Mark Venus and the other coaching staff.

"The club impressed me, I watched them play and it's a good group of young lads, hopefully I can help give them a bit of experience and the move just seems right, I'm excited by it.

"It's been a whirlwind really, we had our third child me and my wife so I've not really had much sleep! It was nice to get the first day out of the way, meet the guys and it's good to be looking forward to a game."

Along with Mowbray, Cole also stated that another influence in him joining the Sky Blues was that he was desperate to compete again and get that buzz of preparing for a match.

He could feature tomorrow night against Rochdale and the 33-year old is excited about the game at Spotland and is hoping he can be an influence should he be called upon.

Cole continued: "Primarily I want to compete on a Tuesday and a Saturday and play proper football.

"You're a long time retired in this game and it doesn't matter what you've done at any level, you step out against 11 other footballers who want to play.

"I just need to compete really and I want to be in a dressing room looking forward to a game. 

"I'm not even looking beyond Tuesday night really! I need to shake the cobwebs off as I haven't played for a while but hopefully I can be an influence on the young players.

"I'm excited for tomorrow. I've not played for a long time but I'll be back to myself and I'm really looking forward to it."

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