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NEWS: “I’ve settled in really well and I’ve played a lot of games which I like to do." - Coventry City's Jodi Jones

15 April 2016

18-year old Jodi Jones continues to make an impact on the wing as he finds his feet in a Sky Blue shirt...

Jodi Jones has made a bright start to life as a Coventry City player, with four first-team appearances under his belt and a cameo at U21s level - in which he scored twice, then turned provider for a George Thomas goal.

The 18-year old joined the Sky Blues on loan from League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent move in the summer.

Having netted three times for Dagenham during this season’s League Two campaign, Jones will be looking to find his scoring form for the Sky Blues in the remainder of the League One season.

He said: “I’ve settled in really well and I’ve played a lot of games which I like to do. On the pitch, it’s more of a battle at Dagenham - they are fighting relegation. Here it’s more about the football." 

Jones had interest from a number of Premier League Academies during his youth career, including Arsenal and West Ham, but preferred the less competitive nature of Sunday league football. 

The winger has identified ex-England man, Joe Cole as a big inspiration during his short time at the Sky Blues and is continuing to use the tutelage of the more experienced City players to aid his development.

Jones added: “Mainly I loved playing Sunday league with my friends. I had a bit of time at various academies, but I was young and really I just wanted to play with my friends. I found it too competitive for my age and i just wanted to enjoy myself.

“It is really helpful to play with Joe in training every day, when I first came I couldn't quite believe it was Joe Cole. My first ever football kit had Joe Cole on the back. He helps me a lot, he is a really nice guy and great for advice.”

The 18-year old finished by talking about his playing style: “I like playing on the wing, I feel free there. If there are two players on me, it's difficult to do what I usually do and drift passed players but it also creates space for others. 

"As you saw in the Wigan game, I am quite light and when travelling at pace it is easy to get knocked over, but I don't go down easy. I am an honest player, I just want to do well for Coventry.”

Jodi Jones will be this weeks PUSB programme player feature, pick up a copy at the Ricoh Arena this weekend...

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