20th Jan, 2018

Tony Mowbray confident of drafting in more faces as his Sky Blues squad feels the heat in Austria

Steve Carpenter 14th Jul, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

TONY Mowbray is hopeful of adding further additions to his Sky Blues squad as the City manager puts his players through their paces on a pre-season tour in Austria.

The Sky Blues have been fairly quiet in the transfer market to date having brought in just two players in the shape of Marvin Sordell and Kwame Thomas, while Marcus Tudgay and Sam Ricketts also agreed new deals.

It is understood that Mowbray is keen to add to his defensive options while also injecting some much-needed pace into his attack.

German Jordan Brown, 24, is currently on trial with the Sky Blues at their training base in Austria and the winger could be offered a contract should he continue to impress Mowbray.

“We’re working hard on the phone,” said Mowbray. “Mark (Venus) especially to try and pull things together. We’ve got some meetings set up for early next week, with the hope of making signings.

“There will be competition for places next year, you need a set of strong players behind your starting XI. Football is a squad game and we’re looking to build the strongest squad possible going in to this season.

“The task is finding the right players, the ones that will buy in to the ethos of football at this club.”

Mowbray has been putting his Sky Blues squad through an intense pre-season schedule at their Jennersdorf base in Austria this week.

The team have been met by 30 degree heat as they look to build their fitness and work on their tactical shape ahead of Saturday’s second friendly match against Saudi Arabian side Al Ettifaq FC.

“It’s what we expected, the training pitches and facilities are nice,” added Mowbray. “It’s good for the players to sweat and work hard together as a team.

“We’ve got lots of work to do in possession, out of possession, working on transitions. I’ve told the group that there will be more bodies being added over the coming weeks, so it’s for the core of the group to understand the foundations of the team for this year.

“We’ll try and get everyone a game at the end of the week, we’ve got some work to do on team shape which we’ll try and instil on Saturday.”

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