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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Matty Godden

Striker has agreed a new deal...

23 October 2021

Speaking after the announcement of Matty Godden’s new contract, City boss Mark Robins spoke of his delight in tying down the striker.

Godden, who joined the club in 2019 from Peterborough United, and the 30-year-old has gone on to score 23 times in Sky Blues with his latest deal keeping him at the Coventry Building Society Arena until 2024.  

“It’s brilliant news, we’ve been working on it for a while, Matty had no hesitation in signing it and we’re delighted to get him signed and we’ve got him for another couple of seasons.” Said Robins.

“He has never had anything other than that (a positive attitude), I think he was really disappointed with the fact he has missed two games and the circumstances he found himself out the team.”

Despite being suspended for the last two first team games, Godden has remained amongst the goals this week after netting a hat trick in the under 23’s 5-3 victory over Wigan Athletic on Monday and the manager praised his approach to all games.

“For him he’s focused on maintaining his fitness levels and wanted to play in the (Under 23s) game and that showed in his performance, but he does that all the time in training, whether it’s games, u23s games, he always preforms in the same way which is why he’s earned himself a new deal.

“He’s just signed a two year extension which should tell you everything you need to know. I think he has earned that in the way he has worked to get himself into the position he is in at the minute to be fit as since he came through the door he hasn’t been fit.”

Robins went on to explain about some of the injury issues Godden has had to overcome during his time at City but he is looking forward to continuing to work with the striker who has already found the back of the net twice this season.

“As soon as he came in he had an injury previously which was a chronic problem at the bottom of his stomach then he got this injury with his foot so he’s not really had that time to, apart from the League One campaign where he was available most of the time even though he was playing with pain.

“He started off the season in the Championship brilliantly, always scoring, always on the move and the injury he picked up was a real blow to us and to him as I think we missed him when he was out.

“Then when he came back in, he is just a really good kid, he comes in, he works hard, got some experience and he’s got this drive deep inside that he wants to play at the top of his game for as long as you possibly can do.

“Matty is working his socks off to force the issue, and I’m pleased he has committed his future and look forward to that period.”


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