October 25th, 2016

Defender Reda Johnson joins Sky Blues from Sheffield Wednesday

Updated: 4:35 pm, May 07, 2015

DEFENDER Reda Johnson became the Sky Blues’ fifth signing of the summer after agreeing a one-year deal with the League One club with a negotiation clause for a further year.

The 26-year-old joins on a free transfer from Sheffield Wednesday where he spent three years and played an important role in helping the Owls secure promotion to the Championship in his first season.

Johnson, also holds ten international caps for Benin, can play as both a centre-half and left-back and Sky Blues boss Steven Pressley said he was looking forward to seeing the influence the imposing defender will bring to his side.

He said: “Reda is a big, strong, physical centre-half with an imposing presence that also carries a goal threat so I’m delighted he has decided to join us.

“League One is very difficult one to get out of but Reda has experience of doing just that. He knows the division and he knows what it takes to be successful in it.

“He also brings a level of experience that our younger players can benefit from. He leads from the front, he puts his body on the line and he’s a person that can have a positive influence in the dressing room.”

Johnson began his career at French club Amiens where he made his professional debut back in 2007 before making the switch to then Championship side Plymouth Argyle in 2009.

He made 42 appearances and scored two goals for the Pilgrims over two years at Home Park before switching to Wednesday on a three-year deal in the summer of 2011.

Over his three-year spell with the Owls he notched up 75 appearances and 18 goals.