Coventry City football club announced the signing of Jodi Jones on Friday and the 18-year old midfielder is looking forward to life with The Sky Blues. The deal initially sees him move to the Ricoh Arena on an emergency loan but it has been revealed that his temporary stay will be upgraded to a permanent one once the summer transfer window opens.
After progressing through the youth system at Dagenham and Redbridge, a side rooted to the bottom of League Two, he already has over 40 professional appearances to his name. Despite his parent club enduring a difficult campaign, Jones has been a shining light at Victoria Road and a host of promising performances led to various clubs tracking his progress.
Of course, Dagenham’s imminent relegation to the Vanarama Conference National has forced the club to depart with one of the brightest prospects in the football league. During pre-season, it was reported that 30 scouts attended a friendly versus Crystal Palace to cast an eye over his talents. Wayne Burnett was managing The Daggers at this point in time and he admitted to turning down offers for the youngster, including one said to be around £300,000 from Charlton Athletic.
Predominantly being deployed as a winger, Jones is blessed with raw pace that is capable of frightening any defender. As a schoolboy he was nationally ranked for 800m and there is no doubting that his commitment to such races has developed his speed. He also possesses a direct style of play and he is not afraid to run at defenders in order to mount an attack.
An air of versatility also stands him in good stead as Tony Mowbray could place him on either flank, or if needs be, in a more central attacking midfield role. Upon his arrival at Coventry City, it seems as if he will firstly link up with the under 21’s but should he impress, he could get a taste of League One football sooner rather than later.
It certainly looks like a promising signing and it is refreshing to see us pluck talent from the lower divisions. We seem to have beat a number of clubs to his signature and hopefully he can enjoy success at The Sky Blues. The performances of Chris Stokes this season proves that bringing players in from lower divisions can prove to be shrewd business – good luck to him.