Michael Doyle talks to Sky Blues Player for the first time since agreeing a contract with the club...
Coventry City announced their first signing of the summer yesterday afternoon, with former Sky Blue Michael Doyle agreeing a contract once his current deal with Portsmouth expires.
The 35-year old captained Pompey to the League Two title during the 2016/17 campaign, becoming an ever-present in their side throughout the season, making 46 appearances.
Certainly familiar to his 'new' surroundings having spent eight years at the club previously, Doyle is hoping that the experience with Portsmouth can help secure the Sky Blues a return to the third tier at the first time of asking.
"My time at Portsmouth was brilliant, I had two great years down there. To go and finish it off and win the league this year was why I joined the club in the first place. Hopefully we can replicate those results next year.
"I've come here because I want that kind of success with Coventry City, this was the club that gave me my first chance when I left Celtic and I had some great times here.
"It's a brilliant club that has had some tough times, it is about driving the club forward now and let's try and get it back up through the divisions. There are going to be highs and lows next season, but we'll have a squad capable of challenging."
After making over 280 appearances for the club during his first spell, 'Doyler' is hoping to feature heavily once again and targeted an immediate return to League One
"I've joined because I can realistically see the club achieving what I did at Portsmouth, and for me that is the challenge. Even at Sheffield United and Leeds I tasted success, and I want that here.
"I'm chasing success, I'm here to chase another promotion at the club I owe a lot of my career too. I feel we have a great chance to do that,"
He added: "I'll take a couple of weeks to rest up the body and make sure I come back for pre-season and make a good impression to the staff and the fellow players. I want to try and lead from the front and see where we can go."