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Sky Blues look to extend loan deals

By Steve Carpenter 01/03 Updated: 02/03 11:02

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Buy photos » Alex Nimley, in action against Barnsley on Saturday, has impressed since moving to the Sky Blues from Manchester City. Photo by Jon Mullis

THE SKY Blues are looking to extend the loan period of both Alex Nimely and Oliver Norwood into the next season according to the man brought to the club to help mastermind transfer dealings.

Steve Waggott was brought in by current chief executive Tim Fisher in December after a spell together at League One outfit Charlton to assist manager Andy Thorn in the transfer market.

He played a pivotal role in bringing both players to the club through his network of contacts and he is not surprised with the positive impact they have had as Andy Thorn's side continue in their fight for survival.

And Waggott believes the club's reputation stands them in good sted should they become available this summer.

"It's a bit of a catch 22 situation because you want them to do well while they are here but at the same time they are showcasing their talents every week so other clubs here about them," Waggott told the Observer.

"The decision really is down to their club, but what we've got to do is make sure that for the period these players are with us we get the best out of them, they have the best experience and their parent clubs realise what they've done here and how they have been treated.

"It's been an unbelievable journey for Nimely. He must be thinking he made the right move and Norwood told me after Saturday's win he is loving it here and that's what you want to hear because that will go back to other people at Manchester United and Manchester City.

"You've got to get a good reputation and with the great work Andy is doing I can pick up the phone to Spurs or anybody else if we need two or three players to come in on loan to enhance our squad.

"There are lots of decisions to be made over the summer but we've just got to make sure that if we do want to go back in that we have got a good reputation, so that when people answer the phone we know we've got a good chance."

Waggott and Thorn have identified that the club could benefit from bringing in another striker but he revealed they will not be bringing in another loan player unless it's beneficial to the first team.

"We agree when people say we need to get somebody in but there are so many factors that can make it very difficult," Waggott added.

"When you look at all the statistical analysis our stats always seem to drop away in the final third.

"But every club wants the same player as they push on for promotion or fight relegation.

"So you need to get in there early and go right under the radar which is what we did with Nimely and Norwood.

"We have tried to do that with three or four quality strikers, but for various reasons at hasn't worked out.

"We are still trying to find the right players to come here with the right attitude to blend into the system we have in place and that is the way Andy and his coaching team see as the way of going ahead."

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