Coventry City have been allowed more time by the EFL to continue their stadium talks with Ricoh Arena owners Wasps Group – and midfielder Jordan Shipley is hopeful that those talks could spell a return.
Mark Robins’ side are back in the Championship next season and have reassured supporters that they are doing all they can to strike a fair deal to bring football back to the City.
Shipley, who has set his sights on landing an international call-up with the Republic of Ireland next season, is now one of only a shrinking number of Sky Blues players to have played under Mark Robins at both the Ricoh Arena and St. Andrews.
And while he has praised Birmingham City for their “immaculate” surface during the club’s promotion campaign, he would be prepared to sacrifice the perfect pitch for a return to the Ricoh Arena.
“Playing for Coventry City, you want to be in Coventry and you want to play in the City that we all live in,” he told CoventryLive.
“Birmingham was great and it was a great ground, the pitch was immaculate and It allowed us to play our football.
“I think we would all want to get back to the Ricoh Arena, though. No question.
“It’s tough at the Ricoh with the rugby and the football both playing on that pitch,” he admitted. “The pitch does show with tear ups and bobbles but that’s no excuse.
“The pitch doesn’t bother me. It’s better than most and no matter what pitch you’re playing on it’s the same for the other team. That’s football,” he said.