TONY Mowbray’s squad is beginning to take shape after defender Reda Johnson committed his future to the League One club.
The 27-year-old ended weeks of speculation by signing a new one-year deal which will keep him at the Sky Blues until July 2016.
Johnson initially signed for the Sky Blues last season on a free transfer from Sheffield Wednesday but his season was plagued by injury.
Despite only making 22 appearances, Johnson proved just how important he is at both ends of the field bys scoring six goals last season including two during the 3-2 defeat away at Bradford on the opening day of the season.
Johnson is likely to partner new signing Sam Ricketts in the heart of the Sky Blues defence but Mowbray is aware that Johnson’s fitness next season remains an issue.
He said: “It is no secret that we’d like to see him make more appearances during a season but with the help of physiotherapy department, I’m sure we can manage him in a way to help him do that.
“As I’ve stated previously, I see Reda as a crucial part of our plans going forward.
“He stands out at this level in central defence and at the end of last season, our defensive performances were much improved with him in the side.
“Also, he carries a significant goal threat from set-pieces and if we’re going to succeed, we need goals from all around the pitch next season.”