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By Steve Carpenter 26/07 Updated: 02/08 10:11
SKY Blues midfielder Conor Thomas has revealed he is targeting promotion to repay the faith shown in the side from the club's supporters.
The former Coundon Court pupil felt the pain of relegation from the Championship more than anyone else last season after graduating from the academy.
With so many departures the 18-year-old - tipped as a possible first team captain by fans this week - is likely to feature regularly next season.
"I think we've got a great chance to bounce back," Thomas told the Observer.
"I've not even thought about not being in the mix next season. It would have been hard for the fans last season but they're still coming out and supporting us.
"Hopefully we can do well for the first three games, get a bit of a run going and I think we could sell out the stadium next season.
"The fans will keep on coming because they're good fans. We've got to thank them for still committing themselves next season and getting behind the team.
"We've got to be positive going forward. We've got enough quality, we've got the stadium and all the facilities so hopefully we'll bounce straight back up.
"Everyone is a bit older now, we've matured a bit more as a squad and hopefully we can all stick together and do well."
It has been quite an eventful career so far for Thomas. After being given his full debut by Aidy Boothroyd in December last year, the youngster shocked supporters by joining Premier League giants Liverpool on loan.
His time at Anfield was cut short because of an injury and Thomas has now admitted the move was a mistake.
"It all happened so quickly," he added.
"I didn't have a lot of time to think about it. I'd made my debut on the Saturday and on Monday I was gone.
"I literally got a call saying you've got to go to Liverpool to have a look. It's a loan move with a view to permanent if you like it and they want to.
"In hindsight I think I should have just stayed, but I didn't have much of a choice. I would have liked to have stayed and maybe get a few more games under my belt.
"It was obviously great to be there and experience it. Liverpool is a massive club, a great club, but they've got such a great squad and I didn't want to be sitting in the reserves."
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