22nd Sep, 2018

Coventry City returning striker Jonson Clarke-Harris: 'It feels like I'm home, and there's no way these players should be in League Two'

Les Reid 2nd Feb, 2018 Updated: 2nd Feb, 2018

“It feels like I’m home,” said Coventry City returning loan striker Jonson Clarke-Harris.

The 23-year-old signing from Rotherham United who is a graduate of the Sky Blues academy added at this morning’s press conference: “It’s a proper good feeling. I’ve had to take the long route round. I should have been here in the first place.

“I’m buzzing to get promotion and see what happens.

“It was frustrating to be released as a teen. Everything happens for a reason, and that happened for a reason.”

It is reported that disciplinary reasons lay behind Coventry’s decision to let him go to Peterborough United in 2012, after he had become the youngest player to play for the Sky Blues’ first team, aged 16 and 21 days.

He added: “Hopefully I can show everybody it was a bad decision to release me.”

Asked about scoring twice against Coventry City since leaving, he said: “I’ve scored twice against Coventry City. I gave the fans a bit of stick and they give me a bit of stick back.

“This time I want to score for Coventry. I’m technically better than I was. I’ve played the game a lot more. I’ve learned the Championship and League One and now I’m going to learn League Two.

“There are fewer mistakes the higher you go up. I’ve been in training here and the standard is unbelievable. There’s no way those players should be in League Two.

“I hope to be a part of this group and hopefully add something to the group.

“You have to be patient. I’m ready for when I’m needed. The games are coming in thick and fast and there will be rotation in the squad.

“Promotion is the only thing that’s going to be deposited.”

Clarke-Harris said players he knows from growing up at the club include Lee Burge, the Kelly-Evans twins, Jordan Willis and coach Jason Farndon, who he revealed initially made the call to him in the club’s attempts to woo him back.

Since joining Rotherham in 2014 from Oldham, he had been on loan at two other clubs, MK Dons and Doncaster Rovers, and has a ratio of around one in four goals per game.

 

He is expected to be part of a squad in which Marc McNulty has become a prolific scorer with 15 goals and has forged a strong partnership with industrious Max Biamou.

Competition also comes from youngster Jordan Ponticelli and Stuart Beavon.

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