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INTERVIEW: "He’s One Of Their Own"

Gaffer gives update on Shipley, Mason and Biamou...

30 August 2019

Sky Blues midfielder Jordan Shipley was rewarded with a new contract yesterday, following his impressive displays in the side.

The midfielder has been brought into his preferred central role since the back end of last season and has thrived in the middle of the park.

City boss Mark Robins noted the improvements in Shipley and revealed he is pleased with the way he is developing.

He said: “Jordan, from the end of last season, through pre-season to now, you can see the improvement in him in a number of ways, physically he has improved again

“There are still areas of his game he needs to improve on and he’s never going to be one that’s going to smash players and be more aggressive but that’s not to say he can’t become more aggressive in his game and he can also improve on his goal scoring.

“I’m really pleased with him and he’s one of their own and they sing that frequently and he’s finding his feet and his growing in personality and imposing himself more.”

The manager also gave an update on the latest fitness of defender Brandon Mason, who was forced off at half-time against Watford midweek.

“Brandon is injured.” Robins told.

“He told me the other day that he wasn’t injured, and I understand he’s gone back to his former club and it probably made him think he was ok.

“I spoke to him at half-time and it turns out he has a torn hamstring, so I think it was the right thing to do take him off and having done that he won’t be out for long.

“He will be out for a week, so that’s the minimum amount of time you will be out so thankfully we’ve saved him from being out for a few weeks.”

There was also an update on the latest on striker Max Biamou, who has scored three in three for the under-23s in recent weeks.

The striker suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury last season and is still working his way back into the first team and Robins is expecting Biamou to fight for a place.

“All the players are chomping at the bit and there are competition for places and it’s good to see Max scoring in the 23s.

“There’s been interest in him, I’ve had calls from other clubs but I’m not in any rush to do anything with Max and if the deadline closes and he hasn’t gone anywhere I’m happy.

“He’s wanting to fight and his performances in the 23s have shown that he has put a lot into them performances and that’s what you want.

“I can’t promise him games at the moment but that’s not to say he wont fight his way in but the way that we play has changed from when Max played last so it’s about trying to get him involved and see where we can fit him in

“He certainly hasn’t been written off that’s for sure, he’s really well liked by the supporters which is brilliant because that gives him belief and motivation to keep going.

“I’ve spoken to him about his role and he wants to fight which I think it’s fantastic and I don’t expect anything less and I’ve said to people who have rang I’m not looking to let him out.”


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