New Contract Kicks In For Platt

When Clive Platt joined Coventry City from Colchester United, his contract contained a clause that said if he started 20 games, he would be eligible for an automatic extension, giving him another year at The Ricoh.

He started his 20th game for the Sky Blues at Leeds earlier in the year and Platt who is back in the squad for the trip to Derby tomorrow said to the CT: " I am here for another year and being at the Ricoh on Saturday watching the lads play like that, getting three points with the fans singing like they did, this is the best place when things are like that. And long may it continue."

“It would have been nice to get a run out but it is only my first week back and hopefully I can give the lads a helping hand to pick up more points between now and the end of the season.

“We passed the ball around well and played some really good football and a lot of people stepped up to the plate and the lads were brilliant.”

Despite his reputation as the target man for the long ball, Platt insists he is not a one dimensional player and will cope well with Andy Thorn's style of quick passing, attacking football, mostly played on the ground.

“I played arguably some of the best football of my career at MK Dons which is how we played there,” said Platt. “The way we are playing there are goals to be scored and hopefully I can get a couple myself.”

Platt's manager Thorn concurred with Platt's assessment that he would do well in the new set up.

Thorn said: “Absolutely. We still play with two strikers or I might play with one and two wide so I have got options now, but the way we play won’t affect whether Clive’s picked or not."

"He has been out a long time and he was struggling to get his fitness back, but he’s got it back now so he will be in and around it as well. I have told him that what I want is for him to make the same sort of impact that Lukas Jutkiewicz made against Watford. So he’s all ready to go."

“I thought Lukas was excellent when he went on and was unlucky to miss out but we’ve got competition for places up top.”