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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins talks International Break and Todd Kane

The defender was brought in during the two-week break...

11 September 2021

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins spoke of how new signing Todd Kane has settled into the club after his arrival on transfer deadline day from Queens Park Rangers.

The 27-year-old defender penned a two-year-deal last month and is no stranger to certain members of the Sky Blues squad and Robins is pleased with the dynamics in the squad.

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“He’s done as you’d expect, he’s been quite quiet going about his business fairly quietly, he knows a lot of the players anyway when he’s been on loan. He knows Tyler Walker for instance but also the lads at Chelsea he knew and knows so he’s settled in without any problem.

“Generally players that do come in do that anyway, they are a really good set of lads and they do welcome people in and once they settle down then they obviously feel the intensity that they’ve got at the moment.

“He’s a good player, technically very good as you would expect, he’s got decent pace as well, aggressive and obviously he is experienced at this level having played at the level for a number of years. He’s 27 years of age and is somebody that has that know how but he’s got a drive and determination and an aggression to his game and I think you need that from time to time.

“Obviously you are also looking at competition and increasing competition within the squad which should drive that.

“Ultimately I wanted to bring more quality in, it is a position where we lack quality and I think the frequency of the games, its all about trying to have as much quality as we can throughout the season.”

The international break has left City without a game for the past two weeks and Robins says his players can’t wait to get back to action to carry on where they left off after a strong opening month of the season.

“I think the break gives people time to work and rest and whatever they need to do without the complication, if you like, of competition. Whilst training is competitive it gives time to recover from any bits of injuries or niggles they might have had.

“I think playing the way we have, and the result against QPR, and the way we played in the first half which was outstanding, you’d want to play the next game quickly so we are looking forward to the game tomorrow as it feels a long time since we played last but the training has been pretty good and intense so you can see the players are raring to go again.

“I think there is a really good feel about the place and for us it’s always about us and developing and that remains the case and some of the signs are really positive from the start of the season up to now and things are moving in the right direction.”

Finally, the Gaffer gave an update on the fitness of Liam Kelly, with the skipper making his return in the u23’s match with Salford yesterday and insists they will take their time managing the midfielder’s comeback when asked to comment on his return.

“No, its really early he’s been out for a long time as his last game was Stoke.

"He played half a game against Salford on Thursday at the Higgs but other than that he’s going to need a little bit longer and really that’ll depend on Kels on how he is looking and feeling and how he’s performing but the sooner we can get him back the better.”

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