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Sky Blues complete Ricketts’ capture.

RICKETTS, Sam

IMAGE: Coventry City Football Club.

Coventry City have completed the signing of Wolves defender Sam Ricketts on a one-year contract.

The 33 year old defender can play in a number of positions across the back-line and becomes the second signing of the season for new boss Tony Mowbray.

Bringing a wealth of experience to the side, the Welsh international defender has 52 caps for his country to date and has been a target for Tony Mowbray since he initially joined the club in March, but he instead opted to sped the final weeks of the season on loan at Swindon where they just missed out on promotion via the Play-Offs.

The City boss said: “Since I joined the club last season, I’ve spoke about the importance of leadership and experience in the dressing room.

“Sam has a wealth of experience at Premier League and Championship level but also captained Wolves to the League One title where he was ever-present.

“He knows what it takes to get out of this division and can play across the back-line as well as in midfield.

“I’m delighted to see him sign up and I see him as a crucial member of our squad going into the 2015/16 season.”

Speaking to the Club’s official website, Ricketts revealed his ambitions for the season ahead.

“I’m delighted to have joined,” Ricketts said.

“I nearly came here on loan last season, but the club kept an interest in me and I spoke to the gaffer a lot.

“That was an influence of course, you always want to be wanted and feel that you can be used to your best potential. The way the gaffer spoke to me, he was someone I wanted to play for.

“I joined here for one big reason, promotion. That’s our aim.”

“Obviously when I got promoted at Wolves that was a great year. It did take a while to get going, it wasn’t until Christmas when we hit full gear and ran away with it.

“You need quality players, a good foundation and to be a side that controls games to get out of this league. Cut and thrust teams can start well but only last half a season but teams that can control games survive the duration. I feel that the manager will help to promote that passing and controlled style of play.

“But I’m glad to be back in the swing of things with my first session today, it’s always tough in pre-season and I’m a few days behind.

“The last time I played was in the play-off final, so it will be nice to go to Nuneaton on Saturday and get going again.”

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