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INTERVIEW: Josh Eccles on his new deal and injury update

12 January 2023

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Josh Eccles on his new deal and injury update

12 January 2023

Sky Blues midfielder Josh Eccles told how it was a ‘dream come true’ to put pen to paper on a new four-year deal with his boyhood club.

Eccles joined City over 15 years ago, aged just seven and now looks set to extend his stay at the club until 2027.

The midfielder enjoyed a breakthrough year, establishing himself as a regular in the starting eleven, featuring 19 times before picking up an injury midway through December.

Now, as he gets set to continue his stay at Coventry, Eccles spoke of his delight and set his sights on getting back fit and regaining his place in the team.

 

On signing a new deal…

“I’m absolutely delighted, to be at the club I’ve been at since the age of seven and to be offered another four years here is a great feeling.

“I feel like I’ve worked so hard for this during my career, to be a professional footballer and to do it at the club you’ve been at since seven, it’s just a dream come true.

“As soon as they put a contract on the table I was delighted, and it was an easy decision to make. It’s been a dream of mine to come through at Coventry and thankfully I’ve done it and now I just need to keep improving and keep progressing.”

 

Building confidence…

“At the start of the season I struggled with a bit of confidence, but I felt like improved and to be then rewarded with a new four year contract it fills me with confidence.

“Hopefully, once I’ve recovered from injury, I can get back out there and keep doing what I’ve been doing. I’ve got four years to improve myself even more and it’s nice to know the Gaffer has faith in me.”

 

Update on his injury…

“I had a few injuries last season and I think I jinxed myself in the last interview because I said I wanted to stay injury and then I took a hit in training that set me back for six weeks.

“I’m not far off now, but I know not to come back too soon because you can put yourself in danger of getting injured again, but I’m a week or two away.

“The feeling of getting injured, it just sets you back physically and mentally and especially to do it in training it’s so rare and it’s just my luck.

“I was in the team and doing well and having a run of games, enjoying football and building up confidence, but I just had to accept it and now try and get back as quick as possible.”

 

Kicking on…

“You can never take your foot off the pedal. You want to keep getting better and keep helping the team and help yourself.”

 

Aims for rest of the season…

“When I come back the main target is to get back into the team.

“If they’re doing well you know you have to wait for an opportunity, but you just have to keep working hard in training to get the shirt back and when you get it you need to keep it.”


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