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Sky Blues striker George Thomas ready and waiting to be called into first team action

Steve Carpenter 7th Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

WITH the Sky Blues looking set to miss out on promotion from League One for a fourth consecutive season, one player who is determined to make the most out of a bad situation is academy striker George Thomas.

The 19-year-old has already been given a taste of first team football by Tony Mowbray having made seven appearances from the bench this term.

And with the club now nine points away from the play-offs with just six games of the 2015/16 campaign remaining, Thomas is determined to make sure he is ready for more senior action should he get thrown in at the deep end again by his manager.

“The team is going to be going into every game from now until the end of the season looking for the win because you never know what could happen,” Thomas told the Observer.

“If it doesn’t happen (play-offs) then maybe with the last few games the manager might try a few of the young lads and I’ll be chomping at the bit to get on

“The manager always talks to us. We spoke at the beginning of the season and we spoke again recently.

“The three or four years we’ve been here full-time we’ve had two good managers who have taken an interest in the youth and watched our under-21 games.

“It is helping because we know that we’re close to the first team, especially when we’re there training with them everyday.

“I’m on the fringe, it could be the under-21s, it could be the first team, it depends on numbers. He said that if he had to throw me in there he trusts me to deal with that so whenever I get the chance I just need to make sure I’m ready.”

Having progressed through the Sky Blues academy alongside James Maddison, Thomas went on to become the club’s third youngest player ever after making his debut away at Leyton Orient in January 2014.

The Wales international made seven first team appearances last season and he is currently matching that in this current campaign, but Thomas still feels he has improved as a player despite playing more under-21 football than perhaps he was expecting.

He continued: “This year has been a learning curve for me because the last few years it’s been all high and perhaps I felt like I had been over achieving.

“This year has been a bit more steady and sometimes a bit of a roller-coaster so it’s been tough mentally but it’s been a learning curve. I know it’s not always going to be great.

“I’ve got my body into better shape and now I’ve to get ready for next season and continue to impress.”

As part of his development, Thomas was sent out on a one-month loan at League Two side Yeovil Town.

There he made five appearances as Yeovil battled at the wrong end of the table but Thomas feels the move will help him in the long run.

“Moving to Yeovil it was different. It was my first loan spell so for a young lad it was hard to begin with because it was a long way away so I didn’t come home much.

“But it was a good experience for me. At the time Coventry were flying and Yeovil were struggling so it was a different end to the spectrum kind of thing.

“It was good being at a team where you’re in a squad and you’re playing for points every week and playing to stay in the league so it was good.

“Before I left I had nothing on my menu to cook so I had to learn a few new things! But it was good for me and it has helped me improve because it was very different to under-21 football.”

On his Coventry return Thomas was greeted by the news of the arrival of Joe Cole and he was full of praise for the impact the former England star has had around the club.

“I used to watch Joe Cole when I was younger so it’s a massive boost when you see him come in and he’s in the same changing room as you, talking to you as a player. It’s a good feeling and that only helps us.

“At the minute we’ve got great pros around the place with the likes of Joe Cole,  Marcus Tudgay, Stephen Hunt and Sam Ricketts who have got plenty of Premier League experience.

“It’s good getting advice of them and the rest of the young lads, that will help us become better players and get ready for next season.”

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