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INTERVIEW: Howley reflects on start to the season

Youngster speaks of his progress so far...

25 August 2021

Speaking after Tuesday’s victory over Colchester United U23s, Ryan Howley spoke of his and the young Sky Blues’ strong start to the season.

The 17-year-old midfielder has started both Under-23s games so far this campaign with City top of the Northern section of the Professional Development League.

“I thought we played really well, there were a couple of first team players that added quality, but I thought everyone played well.” Howley said

“It what was a comfortable game for us, 2-0 and that’s two wins out of two for us now.”

The youngster joined the Sky Blues youth set-up in 2009 and has been impressed with the support since the club returned to the city.

“Today there were a few fans here today for the U23s supporting us today which is good.

“Being back here has been really good and the first team games where the atmosphere has been really good with the two late winners."

It has been a whirlwind past year for Howley, as this time 12 months ago he was a member of the Under-18s squad and now he has gone onto make his first team debut against Northampton Town in the Carabao Cup First Round clash earlier this month.  

“It’s gone really quick; everything has happened so fast.

"I was injured at the end of last year, then I got a couple of games for the under-23s and impressed. I was put in the first team for pre-season so hopefully I can keep it up.

“It was a great feeling to finally play (a first team game) for the club as I’ve been here for nearly 12 years now.

“It was a great game, unfortunately we lost, but it was a great experience”.

Ryan’s progress hasn’t gone unnoticed by the international stage with his maiden call up for Wales Under-19s coming last week.

“When I found out I was really happy, getting an international call up means I must be doing something right, so I am really excited to go to Croatia next week with the Under-19s."

Having achieved so much in the past year it could be easy to rest on your laurels, but Howley insists he just wants to keep getting better.

“I want to try to impress as much as I can, get some game time with the Under-23s and be around the first team and keep improving."


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