October 1st, 2016

Matthew Pennington not ruling out a Sky Blues return

Matthew Pennington not ruling out a Sky Blues return Matthew Pennington not ruling out a Sky Blues return

DEFENDER Matthew Pennington has not ruled out a return to the Sky Blues next season after a successful loan spell at the Ricoh Arena.

The 20-year-old made 25 appearances after joining on loan from Premier league outfit Everton in November and his performances earned him the Young Player of the Year accolade.

Although Pennington ideally sees his future on Merseyside, the young defender, who can play in the centre of defence or at full back, has hinted he would be interested in returning again.

“Who know what the future holds though, I’m open to things,” Pennington told the club’s official website.

“Ideally I’d like to stay at Everton but we’ll have to see. First things first I have to get back to 100% fitness and take it from there really.

“I can’t really focus on anything else but in the long run I would love to stay at Everton and hope I can impress here.

“You never know what will happen, as I said before I have enjoyed my time with Coventry City and we’ll see what happens when I’m fit.”

Pennington was signed by former boss Steven Pressley and became an ever present for the Sky Blues in what was a frustrating League One campaign.

But he has enjoyed working with new manager Tony Mowbray who he feels is the right man to take the club forward next season.

Pennington added: “I know he’s only been with the club a short period, but it’s been great working with him.

“You can tell he is a football man and loves the game, he’s instilled that passion into the squad and he’s done a great job. He’s done what has been required and kept the club up and he would be a great appointment.

“I’ve enjoyed working under him obviously as a defender you can learn off him and he’s been great. His enthusiasm on the training pitch is great to see and hopefully he can stay and get the club back up the table.”

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