8th Dec, 2016

Sam Ricketts to captain Sky Blues for the 2016/17 League One season after signing new one-year deal

Steve Carpenter 8th Jul, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

DEFENDER Sam Ricketts looks set to lead the Sky Blues promotion charge for a second successive season after agreeing a one-year deal with the League One club.

The 34-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a one year extension which will see him remain at the Ricoh Arena until July 2017.

Ricketts was an ever present in Tony Mowbray’s squad last season after being given the captains’ armband when he joined on a free transfer from Wolves 12 months ago.

He made 46 appearances as versatile defender, playing at both right-back and as a centre back, and he scored one goal in a 2-2 draw at home to Southend back in August.

Ricketts will remain as skipper for the 2016/17 season having captained Wolves to the League One title back in 2014 and Mowbray was pleased to secure the services of one of his most experienced players.

“Since I joined Coventry City, I’ve spoke about the importance of leadership and experience in the dressing room,” said Mowbray.

“Sam knows what it takes to get out of this division and his versatility means he can play anywhere across the back-line.

“League One will be an extremely competitive league next season and Sam will play a vital role in leading this team forward. I’m delighted to see him extend his stay at this club.”

Ricketts follows in the footsteps striker Marcus Tudgay who has also extended his stay at the Ricoh Arena by signing a one-year deal.