Cody glad to be playing again

Last updated : 14 September 2011 By Covsupport News Service/RD

Coventry City's only outfield signing of the summer Cody McDonald has spoken about how pleased he is to be playing football again after a four month lay off.

The 25 year old striker joined Coventry City from Norwich on the last day of the transfer deadline. He had spent last season on loan from Norwich at League Two outfit Gillingham where has had considerable success scoring 25 goals.

On his return to Norwich he was unable to train with the first team and didn't play for four months which has left the striker a little short of fitness and sharpness.

He made his debut for Coventry City last Saturday when he was selected to start against high flying Derby County. While it is fair to say he didn't make an outstanding debut, he did make a considerable contribution to the team, but in the end his lack of sharpness and fitness told and he was replaced in the 76th minute by Roy O'Donovan.

McDonald believes he is perfectly suited to Championship football and Coventry City can give him the opportunity to prove his class and scoring ability and is aiming to emulate last season's goal tally of 25.

McDonald said after the 2-0 win over Derby to the CT: “It was great to get the opportunity to play. It was a big game for us in front of the cameras. The boys performed as a team and I thought we thoroughly deserved the win. I haven’t played for the past four months."

“It has been difficult for me but I am glad now I have found a club where I can settle down and hopefully get some minutes under my belt. Everyone knows it feels so much better on the back end of a win and I thought the boys thoroughly deserved the win."

McDonald has confidence in his own ability to score goals and is looking forward to working alongside Lukas Jutkiewicz and the other strikers. 

“You have to live up to that because if you can’t handle the pressure at this level then I don’t think you should be there," he said.

"It’s something that I thoroughly enjoyed at Gillingham and I scored a few goals and hopefully I can bring that here as well. The manager has been brilliant. All the coaches and the lads have made me feel so welcome. To come and play at this stadium is something else and you can’t let these sort of opportunities slip through your fingers because they only come around so often. That is why I want to make the most of it.”