It seems that with every positive comes a huge negative as far as Coventry City is concerned.
A brilliant start to pre season with an 8-0 win over Hinckley and news that one of two European centre backs on trial with the club had earned himself a contract with the other expected to sign in the near future.
This should all be positive for City but as quick as these positives came about Thorn confirmed that he was resigned to losing last years player of the year Richard Keogh.
It appears Coventry have been looking further afield for more signings with the latest free transfer arriving from French club Nice in the form of Kevin Malaga. Not much is really known about the player other than he is a 6ft 2inch French centre back who last season captained the Nice reserves.
First team opportunities seem to have been very limited for the player who at the age of 25 really should have had a lot more. I am by no means writing this signing off altogether but I am sceptical about a player who seems to have very little history in the game other than time spent playing for a teams reserves.
Another Frenchman is also on trial with the club and could be the man to replace Richard Keogh if or should I say when he leaves. His name is William Edjenguélé and will once again be a free transfer after his spell at Panetolikos F.C. in Greece came to an end. He unlike Malaga seems to have had plenty of first team experience both in the French and the Greek leagues and let’s just hope that Thorn once again has found some real talent out of nowhere.
With only a year left on Keogh’s contract there were always only going to be two options for the player. Either sign a contract extension and commit himself to the club for the foreseeable future or be sold to ensure the club don’t lose him for nothing next summer. It now looks certain to be the latter of the two which is a real shame for everyone involved.
He has been a real star in his time at Coventry and his passion, commitment and constant wholehearted performances were loved and appreciated by everyone. He has in essence been our very own Scott Parker, a player willing to throw his body on the line to help the team. Despite not being captain last season he always led by example and I fully believed that with him leading the team as captain this season we always had a chance of success. It is clearly not meant to be though and we now look certain to lose a player who if did choose to stay has the potential to become a true club legend.
I have to question SISU once more in that they should be doing absolutely everything they can to keep Keogh at the club.
Thorn publicly stated how desperate he was to keep him at the club so he could name him captain for the new season. It almost seems like the Marlon King situation all over again, he is undoubtedly a quality player and one we are not going to be able to replace like for like. The only difference this time is we will receive a fee for him but the value of him staying at the club will in my opinion far outweigh the short term benefits of allowing him to leave.
From Keogh’s own personal point of view I can totally understand him not wanting to commit himself to the club for a long period of time. With relegation to League One combined with the uncertainty about the clubs finances it is understandable for any player to want to leave for better things.
However I do believe that if the right deal was put in front of him he would have no hesitation in signing.
The sort of deal I am referring to would be a contract which would include a release clause in it which could then allow for Keogh to leave at the end of next season if we fail to gain promotion but still enable the club to get a fair price for him. Surely a deal like this would have satisfied both parties but once again Coventry fans have to settle for seeing there star players leave and replaced by free transfers.