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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reflects On January Transfer Window

2 February 2018

Earlier this week, the January Transfer Window closed; as the Sky Blues saw three new faces arrive at the club during the month.

Josh Barrett on loan from Reading, Jordan Maguire-Drew on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion and Jonson Clarke-Harris on loan from Rotherham United.

The three attacking players have helped to bolster the options available for manager Mark Robins, and he is now happy that the window is closed, as we enter the back end of the season.

He said: “I’m glad it’s closed. I don’t like the January transfer window. It’s not nice, players are happy and content and then all of a sudden it’s an absolute cattle market and as it comes to the end it just becomes a free-for-all and a melee and I don’t like it, I don’t think it’s good for anybody.

"Thankfully we managed to get Jonson Clarke-Harris in, though we’ve signed a player on deadline day, we were considered with what we were doing and said all along that we were looking for a number 9 and it just took a while to get one.

“We have also been able to bring in two youngsters from Reading and Brighton. Then, with Jonno (Clarke-Harris) coming in and Ben Stevenson going the other way. That was something that none of us wanted to happen. He’s a good lad and I just wish him all the best in his future career.”

As Mark mentioned, the Sky Blues reluctantly accepted an offer from Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers for Stevenson and he departed on deadline day.

Elsewhere, Kwame Thomas left City the day after and the Gaffer spoke of other bid that came in during the final 24 hours of the window.

“We’ve had bids for some players, not just one, and we’ve kept them all together. It’s not about that though, it’s about what’s right for the players and what’s right for them at this moment in time and if there’s a bid that’s acceptable to us then we will have a conversation.

“But, when it’s something else and there’s a bid just coming out of the blue, at the end of the day it was easy to reject them. Ben was subject to one and Tom Bayliss was subject another – Tom has played twelve games, just got in the team and is playing well; he just need to keep his head down and work.

“He’s a very level-headed lad. He’s really impressive and he will be focused on his job. Now he has an understanding on how things unfold and how things happen during a melee of a transfer window.”

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