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INTERVIEW: "He has been phenomenal"

Gaffer spoke on Dom Hyam's new contract...

6 November 2021

Mark Robins praised defender Dom Hyam for not only his early season form, but how he has conducted himself throughout his time with the Sky Blues after the club announced his contract extension on Monday.

Hyam has made 161 appearances for the Sky Blues since joining from Reading in 2017 and Robins has been impressed with how the defender has grown with every step the club has taken since forcing his way into the side that won promotion in League Two to a Championship regular.

“Dom as with Liam Kelly, I think those are two that have stayed with the club through that time.

"They’ve been fantastic and those players that have played and since move on, they’ve played their part in what happened to the club in a relatively small space of time.” Robins said.

“Dominic has been phenomenal and his rise from when he came in as a young player to where he is now, and he is still a young man now, he has done exceptionally well to improve as he has done.

“Again, there is still improvement in him, there is definitely that, he has started the season off really well and we just look for that to continue really.”

Whilst at the other end of the pitch Robins confirmed on Tuesday that striker Martyn Waghorn had a shoulder injury and could be out for some time.

“With Waggy he won’t be available for the weekend that’s for sure and it is worse than we first thought, I was told yesterday, so that is going to need surgical review so then we’ll find out whether it (his shoulder) needs surgery or not."

Waghorn's absence in the team could bring an opportunity to Under-23s striker Fabio Tavares, who has been in fine goal scoring form in the Professional Development League.

“Fabio is an interesting one, he isn’t where he needs to be in terms of playing regularly but he’ll certainly going to be around it so it’s up to him so let’s see.

“He’s with us in the training group and he needs to get used to that first so we’ll just see how he develops and how close he can get.

“There is Fabio then there is obviously Jodi Jones who can fill in from time to time as well and then I’ve got other options that we can turn to, if need be, everyone’s got to be firing and I’m looking for people to drive themselves.

“If they find themselves out of the team, they need to be mentally strong enough to cope with that and try and force themselves into the side and if that isn’t the case then they won’t get in the team it is as simple as that.”

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