11th Dec, 2016

Swedish defender Martin Lorentzson makes Sky Blues move after impressing on trial

Steve Carpenter 9th Dec, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

SWEDISH right-back Martin Lorentzson will provide the Sky Blues with much-needed experience according to boss Tony Mowbray after signing this week until the end of the season.

The 31-year-old moves to the Ricoh Arena on a free transfer following an impressive two-week trial which saw the defender make several appearances for the club’s Under-21 side.

Lorentzson started his career at Swedish club Sleipner before moving to top flight side Assyriska Foreningen in 2007.

His form for Assyriska attracted the attention of Swedish giants AIK where he made over 120 appearances, scoring 11 goals over a four-year spell where he became a firm fan’s favourtie with the Swedish fans.

He most recently played for Atvidabergs and has also picked up one international cap for Sweden back in 2013.

Lorentzson becomes the fourth Swedish player to play for the Sky Blues and follows in the footsteps of Tomas Antonelius, Magnus Hedman and Roland Nilsson.

“Martin joined the club on trial a few weeks ago and he has impressed us during his time at the club,” said Mowbray.

“He played in an Under-21s game against Sheffield United where I thought he showed the attributes needed to defend in League One.

“He’ll give us another option in defence and will add plenty of pedrigree and experience to the squad until the end of the season.”

The Sky Blues return to action this Sunday when they travel to Sheffield United looking to build on their already impressive start to the season.

Mowbray is boosted by the return of James Maddison who made a welcome return to training last week following a spell on the sidelines with an anke injury.

And despite being out of the side for over three months, Maddison is eager to make a return to first team action.

“I’m hoping to be involved, I’ll have a word with the gaffer and see what his plans are,” said Maddison. “He might say it’s only been one game but I’ll be pestering him to be involved against Sheffield United.

“We’ll see though, there’s no rush and I understand I have to gradually build myself up. I’ll enjoy the challenge of earning my place back into the team.”