FORMER England international Joe Cole has returned to the Sky Blues on a permanent deal until the end of the season.
The 34-year-old impressed during an initial three-month loan spell and after having his contract at Premier League strugglers Aston Villa terminated earlier this week, has returned to the Ricoh Arena on a free transfer in a bid to help Tony Mowbray’s side win promotion.
Cole was limited to seven appearances for the Sky Blues during his loan period because of injuries but Mowbray is confident he will have a big part to play between now and the end of the season.
He said: “Since he joined the club, I’ve really enjoyed working with Joe and delighted to see him sign on for the rest of the season.
“Our staff have worked hard with him to build up his fitness and physicality, and we’ve seen Joe really buy into what we’re trying to do here.
“He’s great to have around the dressing room and the rest of the squad feed off his experience, and I’m sure it’ll have a positive impact on our younger players as well.
“I only see his performances for the club getting better and he is a fantastic option to have from now until the end of the season.”
The Sky Blues have also today confirmed the signing of experienced defender Peter Ramage.
Like Cole, Ramage moves to the Ricoh on a free transfer until the end of the season and will provide Mowbray with more defensive options after impressing on trial.
The 32-year-old started his career at Newcastle and enjoyed spells at QPR, Birmingham City, Crystal Palace and Barnsley before moving to Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters.
Mowbray added: “We’re delighted to get Peter into the club as he has really impressed during his time training with us.
“He has a wealth of experience behind him, with clubs in the Premier League or Championship which will be invaluable to the squad as the season progresses.
“One of my main objectives in this transfer window was to add to our defensive options as we’ve been short in that area, especially over the Christmas period.
“Peter is a player who I see challenging for a spot in my starting XI week-in, week-out and I’m looking forward to working with him.”