Joe Cole has admitted he hopes to remain with Coventry for the long term after making his debut for the Sky Blues on Tuesday night.
The 33-year-old former England midfielder joined Tony Mowbray’s men in a loan move from Aston Villa on Friday and played for just under an hour in the League One clash against Rochdale at Spotland as his new side played out a 0-0 draw.
“I enjoyed it, I knew it would be 50 to 60 minutes but it was nice to get out there,” Cole told Sky Sports.
“The quality is very good, it’s a good point at Rochdale and they will take points off big teams in this league.
“The plan was to come in and work hard and I literally trained once with half the team, but I’m really enjoying my time here early on. I’m impressed, it’s nice to play for points and I want to be here for the long term.
“There are very good players down here, the Premier League is at its strongest and it filters down, I’m excited for the challenge.”
Cole did have two chances for the Sky Blues. The first was a scuffed shot after a good run on the left and the second was a curling effort from the edge of the box which flew wide of the right post.
His team’s point on their travels did hoist them to fourth spot, four points away from the automatic promotion spots with a game in hand.
Cole, who played for Chelsea 2003-2010, added: “It’s important to get rid of the ring rust. I’ll slide them in when I get going and I’m looking forward to keeping at it.
“There’s a lot of quality, we’ve got some exciting young players. All the good sides I’ve played in have created chances as long as you’re creating them we’ll stick them away eventually I’m sure.”
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