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Here's what the defender had to say...

9 November 2021

Yesterday Coventry City announced the signing of Abel Alabi and the youngster spoke of his excitement about signing for the club.

The young defender joined City on trial and has played in friendlies for the club so far this campaign.  

“I am really happy; it has been a pleasure to sign for a big club like Coventry so it’s been really good and I’m over the moon.” Alabi said.

“The lads were sound, so I adapted to them straight away and they helped me get through it.

“I clicked with the coaches straight away, I knew John and Chay as well so everything was fine, and they made me feel welcome so it was all good.”

Alabi, who departed hometown club Waterford in the summer, spoke of what kind of player he is and how much he is looking forward to getting back out on the grass and representing the Sky Blues.

“I’m really defensive, I love to tackle, love to play out and head the ball, just the basic of defending and try to do everything to the best of my ability.

“I really can’t wait to play, it’s almost six months now so I’ve been dying to play a game so when I do get out there you will definitely see something different.

“It’s been frustrating with all the lads getting ready for the games and I have to sit and watch but you’ve just got to keep going because it will be worth it at the end because I will be fitter and hopefully I’ll be able to play well.”

The 18-year-old, who has represented Ireland at youth level, has been impressed by the opportunities the club has given youngsters of late to gain first team experience and hopes he can add his name to the list in the not too distance future.

“First I need to settle in with the u23s and getting going with them from January and then break through to the first team hopefully soon.

“I’ve seen Ryan Howley go up to the first team and Ricardo from Ireland is getting his experience with the first team as well and they seem to call up a lot of young players and got an opportunity.

“I just want to break through to the first team, because I have seen other players get there and making it out somewhere and getting into the Coventry first team will be a big aim for me.”

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