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Joe Cole confirms Coventry City exit

IMAGE: The Coventry Telegraph

IMAGE: The Coventry Telegraph

Former England international Joe Cole has, as expected, confirmed his exit from Coventry City.

Cole, 34, initially joined The Sky Blues on loan from Aston Villa in October, before moving on a free transfer in January.

The former England international has now decided to join Tampa Bay Rowdies in Florida – but has confirmed that he would like to return to the club on loan in October when the American season comes to an end.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies play in the North American Soccer League – a level below Major League Soccer.

“I would have liked to have kept Joe,” said City boss Tony Mowbray. “He has proved his fitness and worth to the team

“He’s a fantastic character. No airs and graces, not looking for favours or extra days off and has shown his football ability.

“He can help us control matches but he’s made his decision for his family, and we wish him well. It might happen pretty quickly if he can get international clearance.

“He’s a top guy and he has shown his football ability. It’s come probably a little bit late in the day that I have felt as if I could trust him to play in the centre of midfield alongside John Fleck and not worry too much about having a combative Vincelot-type character breaking it up and winning headers.

“I think Joe can help us control football matches but he’s made his decision for his family, I think, and we wish him well because he’s been fantastic for our dressing room and this football club.

“He’s indicated to me that when their season finishes in October that he might come back here because there’s a window of opportunity for him to come back on loan.

“I said that would be great but it will be dependent on how many loans we have got at that time, of course, so let’s see what happens.

“It could be October to February. Let’s wait and see how he does, if he stays fit.”

The 56 time England cap has scored two goals in 22 appearances for Coventry City.

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