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INTERVIEW: Declan Drysdale On Sky Blues Move

The defender completed his move earlier this month...

29 January 2019

Early on in the January Transfer Window, the Sky Blues secured the services of highly sought-after defender, Declan Drysdale.

The 19 year-old joined the Sky Blues, having previously represented Tranmere Rovers in the National League, making his debut at 17.

Upon completing the signing of the youngster, Under 23s coach, Jason Farndon admitted he had tried to sign Declan in the summer.

Now, after a few weeks under his belt with the Sky Blues, Drysdale said he is starting to settle in after moving away from home for the first time

He said: “It’s been good I’m starting to settle in now and the lads have welcomed me in and all the coaching staff have been brilliant from top to bottom and I’m starting to feel comfortable and I am enjoying being here.

“Obviously it’s been different moving to a new club, I was used to the bubble I was in at home, so moving away has been a challenge.

“I’m feeling better for it because I needed to be more independent in myself and I’m getting that here and it’s making me a better person and I’m focusing on my football as much as I can.”

Declan joins a host of talented centre-backs at the club, from those in the first team, to those in the development squads.

Talking about joining Coventry, Declan admitted that the opportunity given to players at the club was a big reason in his move.

“It was a big reason for me joining Coventry with the chances younger players get.

“You see in recent weeks Sam McCallum has been given his chance and you have players of the past like James Maddison who have gone on to play in the Premier League and I’m hoping I can get the opportunity myself here at this club.

“When you come to a big club like Coventry you want to earn a place in the first team and you want to get there as quick as possible,

“I know that isn’t going to happen without the hard work on the training ground and I need to put the work in and then take it from there.”

Last time out for the Under 23s, Drysdale and the Sky Blues made it four wins on the bounce with a 1-0 win over Watford at the Alan Higgs Centre.

Reflecting on the game, the defender admitted he has had better games, but all the matters was the win and clean sheet.

“It wasn’t the best game from myself, but it’s one of them, you get the win and you get the clean sheet and that’s all you can ask for as a defender.

“We’re on a good run of form now as well, so we’re looking forward to the next game, but we know we need to do better then we did against Watford.

“We all love coming into training each day and we all enjoy playing games, so I think everyone is feeling confident now.”


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