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"Some clubs tried to hijack the deal but Jodi, his family and Dagenham and Redbridge stayed loyal." - Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

13 May 2016

The City boss is also determined to make sure the Sky Blues keep up with the level of ambition the winger has...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray has revealed the club had to fight off a number of clubs who tried to hijack the Jodi Jones transfer.

The Sky Blues secured the signing of the 18-year old winger on Tuesday, with the player signing a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee from Dagenham and Redbridge.

Jones joined the club in March on an emergency loan deal with the deal already agreed 'in principle' which still left the door open for other suitors to make their move.

Mowbray said there was a 'fair bit of competition' but has thanked Dagenham and Redbridge for respecting the deal already in place.

The City boss said: "He is a talented boy so there was a fair bit of competition. I think a number of clubs were alerted after seeing how well he'd done here.

"Some clubs tried to hijack the deal but Jodi, his family and Dagenham and Redbridge stayed loyal to the agreement we already had in place which is great for the club.

"It's all about putting a foundation in place and he is part of it. He will push the team forward in the future and we need to be ready for that.

"We said to his family that the club now needs to match his ambition and we're determined to build a squad and a future where we can do that."

Jones made an excellent impact after joining on loan from Dagenham and Redbridge, forcing his way into the first-team where he made six appearances.

Mowbray has admitted the club will need to keep up with the player's progression and ability, and that will form a major part of the recruitment plans. 

He added: "He may have a four-year deal but he doesn't want to hang around in League One for four years and neither do we.

"We're out there trying to find footballers the club should invest in and build the future around. We need to give out longer contracts for that to be the case.

"We're building towards a future where we have just the odd change here and there but mainly have players under contract for the next season to have a consistency about the club.

"We don't want the mass exodus year-on-year as it just won't work out for you long term."

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