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Keeping David McGoldrick is key to Sky Blues success

By Steve Carpenter Thursday 01 November 2012 Updated: 01/11 10:29

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DAVID McGoldrick is the man to fire the Sky Blues up the League One table, but the big question is can we keep hold of him, writes Steve Carpenter.

When I was told the club were looking to sign him on loan I didn't anticipate the sort of impact he would have. I don't think any of us did.

We knew he would bring some much-needed pace to the side, but a bucket full of goals has come as a pleasant surprise.

In his first couple of games he was visibly short of match fitness, but one of the positive things about playing at this level is that games come thick and fast, and as McGoldrick's fitness improved, so too has his performances.

Now what we are witnessing is a striker hitting the same kind of form that saw him rise to prominence with Southampton back in 2008/09.

He has already found the back of the net eight times in just 13 appearances for the Sky Blues and that figure only looks like increasing with two months left on his loan period which expires in January.

But what happens after that?

The club's development director Steve Waggott confirmed to me this week that although he will be doing he can to capture McGoldrick for a longer period of time, the decision ultimately lies with the striker.

At 24 and with his contract at Forest set to expire next summer, McGoldrick has a key decision to make in his career.

Does he look to move up the pecking order at Nottingham Forest? Will his eye-catching performances earn him a big-money move?

Or will he be tempted to become the first Coventry player since Dion Dublin back in 1998 to score more than 20 goals in a campaign?

Either way, let's make the most of the two months we have left because although his long term future may be away from the Ricoh, he is proving to be a popular short term fix.

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