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"We've seen what Joe Cole can do in the week, he wants to stay for a longer period and fingers crossed it works out for him." Marcus Tudgay

23 October 2015

The experienced front-man reveals that people were asking him to get Cole's autograph and he also talks about his role in the squad here...

Coventry City striker Marcus Tudgay revealed that he had people round his house in the week asking him to get them autographs of Joe Cole!

The Sky Blues striker played with Cole as the former Chelsea man made his debut for City in the 0-0 draw against Rochdale.

Tudgay, who came on as a substitute in the game, has been impressed by Cole in training and believes his signing has given the training ground a lift.

"Joe coming in adds knowledge and experience - it's a great move," Tudgay said.

"When I do sign off, I can say I've played with Joe Cole. People were coming around my house in the week asking for autographs! It's quite funny really I can't do that! But that's the sort of signing it is.

"I stepped up with Derby the year that we were relegated out of the Premier League but in the 21s once or twice when I was younger he played and you could see his magic.

"You've got to enjoy playing with him. He chopped me straight away in training - the lads gave me banter about that! 

"We've seen what he can do in the week, he wants to stay for a longer period and fingers crossed it works out for him."

Cole is another attacking option for the Sky Blues and Tudgay accepts that he may not play every week.

But that hasn't stopped the 32-year old from maintaining his professionalism and the striker is eager to be ready for when his chance comes.

He continued: "I say it all the time, I spoke to the gaffer he told me the situation.

"I need to keep myself fit ready for these games. Of course I want to play 90 minutes but we've got the young blood here, it's a case of waiting. For a striker to maintain 40 odd games is a hard task particularly with an 18-19 year old. I knew that when I signed, I just want to be ready for when I get a chance.

"Form may dip or you may want to rotate when it gets a bit colder and people lose a bit in the winter months, that's when I'm going to come and and I have to ensure I'm ready for when the opportunity comes."

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