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Walsh enjoys quality time with team-mates.

Byline: ANDY TURNER

Coventry City loan star Liam Walsh couldn't fail to be impressed by his new team-mates.

The 21-year-old midfielder from Bristol City joined the Sky Blues on transfer deadline day after skipper Liam Kelly suffered an ankle injury that could keep him out of action for up to six weeks.

But while the former Everton Academy graduate has come in to provide initial emergency cover for the captain, the fact that he's joined on a season-long loan means he's come in to play a part over the course of the entire campaign and not just to fill a temporary void.

Asked for his first impressions of new team-mates after being part of a sensational fightback from two goals down to beat Blackpool 3-2 at the weekend, Walsh simply said: "Quality!

"All the lads have been nice to me and there are some really talented players here, so I am looking forward to the rest of the season."

As to who has impressed him in particular, he said: "There's been a few. I like Matty Godden up front and Wesley on the wing.

"The two centre mids, Zain Westbrooke and Jordan Shipley, as well but everyone gets on well and knows how each other plays and that makes it easy for us."

Asked how his move from Ashton Gate came about so late in the summer window, Walsh revealed: "I first heard about Coventry's interest about two weeks before the deadline when the Championship loan window was still open.

"But my first thought was to try to stay in the Championship and stay high up but once that was gone Coventry were the first team I wanted to come to, and fortunately we managed to get it done on deadline day.

"It happened quite quickly in the end because Coventry wanted me and I most definitely wanted to come, so it was a good agreement between us both.

"We have got a talent bunch of lads and everyone has to keep performing to keep the shirt and I am just putting in the work and trying my hardest, and hopefully I can stay in the team."

"This is a great opportunity for me because the way they play suits my style very well and hopefully we'll have a great season.

"There are some young players but I don't think age matters in football. We have got a great set of lads and the young ones are on my wavelength and there are a few loan lads too who are easy to talk to, but I get on with everyone."

Walsh is no stranger to St Andrew's, having had a brief loan spell at Birmingham City in 2017.

"Having been at Birmingham before has certainly helped me settle because going to the ground on Saturday I knew where I was going," he said.

"It was a decent move for me at the start but it didn't work out in the end, but it's been for the better and things happen for a reason."

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 11, 2019
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