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"All the staff give you the confidence to play your own game, express yourself and that's really good for young players." George Thomas

16 September 2015

The Sky Blues forward also appreciates the new signing may reduce his game-time and is eager to keep learning from the experienced heads...

Coventry City forward George Thomas has revealed that he is excited with the atmosphere around the club at the moment.

The 18-year old has featured in four first-team games this campaign and has been in excellent form for the Under-21s, netting three times in the three 21s games he has played in.

He also played for the Wales Under-19s squad in their 1-1 draw with Poland last week, before being named on the City substitutes bench against Burton Albion just 24 hours later.

Thomas is enjoying his football and is eager to be involved, whether that be on the bench for the first-team or as a starter for the Under-21s.

"It's good at the minute," Thomas said.

"Getting first-team exposure by being on the bench has been fantastic. I need game time too so it's good to be able to come and play in the 21s with a good team play with players I know and get on well with. 

"There is a good vibe at the minute with the first-team and  the Under-21s doing so well, it's a really good environment for a young player.

"I also went away with Wales and that was a really good experience too. I love it at Coventry, but it is nice to get away and see how other clubs and setups do it differently too, in a good way! 

"We drew 1-1 with Poland and I got 75 minutes of international football which I'm really proud of.

"It was hectic last week but nowhere near as last year - I just want to be involved. The gaffer said 'do your legs feel alright to go on the bench' for the Burton game and I jumped at the chance, I felt fine and didn't care that it was 24 hours after the Wales game.

"All the staff give you the confidence to play your own game, express yourself and that's really good for young players to be given a vote of confidence."

The Sky Blues now have plenty of attacking talent in particualr with the recent signings of Marc-Antoine Fortune and Ryan Kent. 

Thomas does see the bigger picture and appreciates the fact that due to the high competition for places, he won't be involved every week.

But the young forward also sees the positives of working along side experienced heads in the dressing room, learning from them and continuing to develop.

He continued: "I've said it before, whatever is best for this team at this moment in time I will do.

"I appreciated I'm not going to be as involved as much and that can only do the club well, as we need as much talent as possible to work up the league. 

"Having senior players around the place has really helped, Marcus in particular has been great with me. He helps us all understand positions, tactical awareness as well as give us pointers on techniques. 

"On the training pitch if I'm doing a few things like having an extra touch, he'll tell me to hold it up or pull the trigger, little pointers like that. It's good to get reassurances from a senior professional who has been in the game for so long.

"I'm loving it at the moment, pre-season went well and I'm looking to be involved as much as I can."

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