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"We've had some conversations with some players and their advisors already. You've got to be patient." - Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

14 May 2016

The City boss has also said the club needs to sell itself to Premier League clubs for potential loan signings...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray has admitted he has already had conversations with potential targets.

The Sky Blues boss opened his summer business quickly by signing Jodi Jones from Dagenham and Redbridge on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee this week.

With ten players released and the loan players returning to their parent clubs, it promises to be a busy summer as Mowbray builds his squad for the 2016/17 season.

The City boss has confessed his phone hasn't stopped ringing with agents offering players and that will continue all summer.

Mowbray said: "We've had some conversations with some players and their advisors already. 

"It is that time of year when players who have been released are looking for moves and your phone doesn't stop with agents offering players left, right and centre.

"I'll speak to our scouts and look into the recruitment department which we're building at the club. Our scouts will put players forward and they've been identified.

"We'll speak to their advisos and make first contact but very often, you've got to be patient as the players you want will see what's out there first which is understandable."

Mowbray has already made steps towards building his squad for next season with Bulgarian midfielder Vladimir Gadzhev and Nike Academy product Bilal Sayoud at the club on long-term deals.

The City boss is determined to improve the quality of his squad and sell the vision of the football club to any future players.

He added: "We've had a real improvement on last season and we've got to sell to any potential player what we are growing here, the future for the club.

"We fell away last season but that's the challenge. Can we find another Adam Armstrong, Jacob Murphy or another towering centre-back? Those are the challenges.

"You've got to sell the journey and tell the player that by being here, your career will improve. There is a lot of work to be done but we're determined to get it right.

"If we look at loans, we've got to sell the club to Premier League clubs and players, and show them that a stint in League One with Coventry City will ultimately benefit their careers." 

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