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FIRST WORDS: Matty James

The midfielder joins the Sky Blues on loan...

6 January 2021

After agreeing to join the Sky Blues on-loan until the end of the season, midfielder Matty James expressed his delight at securing the switch.

James, who joins City from Leicester City, had been in the Championship already with Barnsley this season, playing 15 games for the Tykes.

However, after speaking with City boss Mark Robins, James told how that conversation sold the move to the Sky Blues for himself.

“It’s fantastic. It’s been going on for a few days now and I’m just happy to be here and be signed and I’m excited for the games coming up and the future of me being here.

“I’ve spoken to the Manager and he has put a lot of belief into me and has explained the way Coventry play and the group they have here, and he sold it to me really and now I’m just excited and raring to go.

“It was good at Barnsley and I enjoyed every moment there and it was a fantastic run I was on and I just want to continue that run here at Coventry and help them as much as I can.”

At 29 years of age, James will come into a young City side as one of the older heads in the dressing room, with a vast amount of experience under his belt.

Although age is just a number, James joked that it will be feel like an ‘ancient’ one in the Sky Blues squad.

“I’ve built my reputation on being a leader and trying to dictate play, passing the ball and controlling games, and hopefully I can hold the position there and put tackles in and make sure the game flows and hopefully that’s the kind of midfielder the fans will see.

“I’m 29 now and going into a younger group it will feel like an ancient number, but I feel good and after all the injury problems and it’s the best I’ve felt in a long time and hopefully that continues at Coventry.

“I feel like a young boy at the minute and certainly I hope my past is in the past and I can look forward to the future and the games coming up I want to try and play as much as I possibly can and hopefully if the Gaffer calls upon me in ready to perform.”

Having played 15 times this season already for Barnsley in the Championship, James knows exactly what to expect in this league.

“The Championship is a crazy league and it’s been a hectic schedule recently and there hasn’t been much time to think or be out on the training field with games every other day.

“The challenge is the one thing which motivated me to come here and it keeps me ready and alert and wanting to succeed on a personal level and also to help the team and that why I signed.”


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