20th Oct, 2017

Two arrivals for Sky Blues on transfer deadline day

Coventry Editorial 2nd Sep, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

IT PROVED to be a busy end to the transfer deadline day for the Sky Blues with Seb hines and Frank Nouble joining on loan while Carl Baker has left the club by mutal consent.

Defender Hines, 26, has joined on a four-month loan deal from Championship side Middlesbrough after impressing during a short trial with the club.

And Nouble arrives on a short term loan deal from Ipswich Town and will provide competition in attack.

Both loan deals are subject to Football League and FA approval and expire on January 4, 2015.

Both a defender and a striker were high on manager Steven Pressley’s wish list and the likeable Scot is delighted to have secured the two signings late on Monday evening.

He said: “With the 3-5-2 system that we have been using I said all along that we may look at bringing in an extra defender if that was the route we took and in Seb we have someone who brings great experience and adds quality to the squad.

“I spoke to Frank about what he wants out of a move to Coventry City and his ambition certainly aligns with my expectations and I’m looking forward to seeing the positive impact I believe his addition will bring.

“I’m certainly excited to see what he is capable of and now we find ourselves in a situation where we have a number of strikers all eager to claim a starting place in front of more than 20,000 City supporters at the Ricoh Arena on Friday.”

One player heading out of the Ricoh exit doors is midfielder Carl Baker, who agreed to have his contract terminated with one-year remaining.

The 31-year-old was a firm fan’s favourite having made over 180 appearances and he also captained the side under both Mark Robins and for Pressley last season.

“This was a very difficult decision for me to make because Carl has been brilliant for us since I joined.” Pressley added.

“During the summer, we’ve assessed the options within the squad and we believe that it is a good time for Carl to look for a new challenge in his career and we sincerely wish him all the best with that.”

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