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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Talks Matty James and Transfer Window

Robins added James to his squad earlier this week...

9 January 2021

The Sky Blues added Matty James to the squad earlier this week and City boss Mark Robins spoke about the role he sees the midfielder playing at Coventry.

James had previously been on loan at fellow Championship side Barnsley for the first half of the season but made the move to the Sky Blues for the second half and Robins is delighted to welcome the midfielder to his squad.

“He’s a good signing, he’s obviously won the Premier League, he’s won the Championship and he has a really good pedigree.

“He’s been at Barnsley and played a pivotal role with the results that they've been having lately and once we knew that there was an opportunity to sign him, we wanted to push it through and obviously with Liam Kelly been out for a period of time I think it gives us really good experience and quality for the rest of the season.

“Matty has had injury problems to overcome and he has shown amazing strength of character to come through it, he’s been doing coaching qualifications alongside his recovery which will stand him in good stead.

“He’s played plenty of football for Barnsley over the last few months, he’s got undoubted quality, it’s there for everybody to see, he knows the game inside out and it can only help the squad, it’s a really good signing, he’s ideal for us.”

Robins told how he is still hopeful of adding more faces to his group during the January Transfer Window, particularly in the attack department.

With City without Matty Godden and Tyler Walker for a substantial amount of time, the Sky Blues are lighter up top.

“We've still got bits and pieces going on but the conversations continue and it's always fluid but like I say I won't be talking about any other clubs players because we're not near anything yet and whilst we we’re trying and we’re looking, we’re just waiting to see what happens.

“We’ve spoken about one or two but clearly there are options that come up all the time and we just explore them, and we will see where it goes.

“Strikers are at a premium and we are in a position where we can only do a limited amount, but that's not a complaint and if I don't get one, we will just get on with it and try and find another way.”

There was more movement in the window at Coventry earlier this week as midfielder Josh Eccles returned from his loan at Gillingham.

Robins is pleased with how Eccles has got on at the Gills and will reassess his situation, with a possibility of him going back out on loan if possible.

“Josh’s loan had come to an end and there was an agreement between the two clubs.

“He's played some good football and it's been a really worthwhile experience for him, but we really want him to go back out on loan if possible but again let's see.

“Also, we’re waiting to see what happens in the next couple of weeks with Declan and we will revisit that one as well because Declan might end up coming back and then going out again.”


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