THE FUTURE of Coventry City looks to be in the hands of our academy as five graduates sign new deals with the club and I for one am delighted for them.
Supporters should be pleased to see the club giving the kids a chance to compete for a place in the first team.
Nathan Cameron proved us all wrong when he was a surprise selection at the start of last season, but he took full advantage of the opportunity presented to him and can now be classed as a full member of the squad at the tender age of 19.
Jordan Clarke is another who has continued to impress. He has been in and out of the squad for the last two years but got his opportunity towards the end of last season thanks largely to several defensive injuries and like Cameron he stepped up to the plate.
Some sections of supporters seem to have taken a dislike to Clarke and it got very frustrating last season when they were quick to jump on any individual errors he made.
Any football fan with some sort of general knowledge of the game can clearly see the 19-year-old has the potential to become a very good Championship right-back, and those who disagree are probably still arguing Luis Carey was a good signing for the club back in 2004.
The fact is he and Cameron will make errors but they are both young enough to bounce back and supporters should back them and help them when they are given their big break.
Clarke and Cameron are perfect role models for other youngsters in the city to achieve their dream of playing for their hometown club and given the club’s financial status now is the time young footballers to seize their opportunity.
This week also signals the start of the January transfer window and The Observer will be keeping a track on all of the players the Sky Blues find themselves linked with over the summer months.
The departure of Keiren Westwood and Marlon King now means Andy Thorn has a tough job ahead to find replacements in two key areas of the team, which will no doubt put the club in amongst all the latest transfer gossip columns in the newspapers and on the internet.
Keep track of the weekly list from July 1 on coventryobserver.co.uk/sport.