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Gregson bidding to make his mark at Coventry

By Steve Carpenter 09/08 Updated: 13/08 16:59

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Buy photos » Winger Jeff Gregson looks to break away for Coventry. (S) Photo by Nick Merideth

WINGER Jeff Gregson believes he should be plying his trade with Coventry in the Championship after committing his future to the Butts Park Arena.

Despite enjoying a promising start which saw Phil Maynard's put pressure on the top six in National League One, Coventry were made to settle for a 13th place finish.

But Gregson has been impressed with the recruitment process over the summer and is hoping the club can make more of an impact when the new campaign starts next month.

"As a club we should be in the Championship," the former Woodlands pupil told the Observer.

"I'm not really thinking about promotion at the moment, but it would definitely be nice.

"It would be awesome to be a part of the team that gets the club back to where it belongs.

"If that were to happen, I like to think I would stay and be able make the jump to Championship rugby.”

"It looks like there's been recruitment for all positions so there's a good depth to the squad so positions are definitely up for grabs for the start of the season.

"With the team we've got I think we are very capable to be pushing for near the top of the table, but I think firstly we have to get through these pre-season games and learn how one another plays as there a few new faces."

A succession of injuries limited Gregson to just eight starts last season.

But he is already back to a high level of fitness in pre-season and is very much looking to continue on from his impressive first season at Coventry.

Gregson added: "I'm very pleased to have signed again, especially after last season and the injuries I had.

"I'm very happy to be playing here again as its my home town and I hope I can continue as I was playing in my first season.

"I've had to work really hard over May and June to get fit and at the moment I feel all the hard work I've put in is paying off.

"Personally I'm feeling good so I'm hoping I can get on with the pre-season games we've got coming up and I'm looking forward to the start of the season."

Outside centre James Whybrow has also renewed his contract after a spell with Coventry on a dual registered basis last season.

The 20-year-old impressed by scoring two tries in four appearances and like Gregson he will be looking to put past injuries behind and cement a place in Maynard's side.

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