Joe Cole says he has been impressed by his first few days as a Coventry City player and would like to extend his stay at the Ricoh Arena.
The former England international lasted 58 minutes on his Sky Blues debut before being replaced by Ryan Kent in Tuesday’s goalless draw against Rochdale at Spotland.
But the 33-year-old, who joined on a 35-day emergency loan from Premier League Aston Villa on Friday, enjoyed his first taste of action and wants to help Tony Mowbray’s team in their League One promotion battle.
“I enjoyed it tonight, I knew it would be 50 to 60 minutes but it was nice to get out there,” the veteran midfielder told Coventry’s official website.
“The quality is very good. I’m really enjoying my time here early on. I’m impressed, it’s nice to play for points and I want to be here for the long term.
“There are very good players down here, the Premier League is at its strongest and it filters down, I’m excited for the challenge.”
Cole had two first-half chances to make an instant scoring impact for Coventry, who have now scored just once in the last four games, but he firmly believes the goals will come – both for him and the team.
“That’s important to get rid of the ring rust,” the former Chelsea and Liverpool player insisted. “I’ll slide them in when I get going and I’m looking forward to keeping at it.
“There’s a lot of quality, we’ve got some exciting young players. All the good sides I’ve played in have created chances as long as you’re creating them we’ll stick them away eventually I’m sure.”
Cole, who has 10 goals in 56 caps for his country, came through the ranks as a teenager at West Ham before spending seven years at Stamford Bridge as well as brief spells at Liverpool and Lille before joining Villa in the summer of 2014.
The Sky Blues sit fourth in the third tier as one of three teams tied on 24 points ahead of Saturday’s trip to second-bottom Swindon Town, who are without a manager following Mark Cooper’s dismissal last weekend.
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