Coventry City star handed new contract extension to keep him at club for another season

Kyle McFadzean will be a Coventry City player next season after being handed a new contract by the Championship club.

The center-half, who was due to be a free agent this summer, had a clause in his contract that stated he would get a one year extension if he started 23 games for the Sky Blues this season. That milestone was achieved in the 1-0 home defeat to Millwall at the end of December.

And the 35-year-old says he’s delighted to stay at the club to continue to play in front of what he describes as the “best fans he’s ever played for,” for another 12 months.

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“I’ll be here for next season,” he told CoventryLive. “I had to make 23 appearances (starts) and I did that straight away, which is good. But the gaffer has been really good with me anyway. Obviously I had that clause in my contract but it was always about how I did really, and to be fair to the gaffer he has stuck to his word di lui with everything he has said to me.

“But it’s nice to say I will be here next season so I am really happy. I love this club and ever since I have been at the club I have played more or less every game. I have had this little calf injury recently but other than that I have always been available to play.

“Don’t get me wrong, I have had one or two dodgy moments but it’s all part and parcel of football. I feel I have got better and better as I have gone on and got better after working with Adi (Viveash) and the gaffer. I think I have calmed down more and stopped doing stupid stuff, so all in all it has definitely improved me as a player being here even though I have got older. That’s a positive I am looking at and I love it here, and long may that continue. “

The only sticking point with the new deal is that McFadzean, who has been captain for most of the season in Liam Kelly’s absence, wants to negotiate improved wages.

He explained: “I have got a new contract but I want to negotiate a new contract because I think I deserve to be like everyone else. Fair enough I may be 35 but I feel like I deserve to negotiate a contract, if you know what I mean, because when the club was struggling I didn’t take a pay cut, so I only want what everyone else has.

“Everyone else has been rewarded with contracts so it would be nice for me to as well. I feel like I deserve to and if they feel like I don’t, I don’t know. I will just see how it stands. “

Asked if the current campaign has been one of the best of his career, he said: “Do you know what, I have had some good seasons at some good clubs but this has been really good. I don’t really want to say it but I haven’t found it hard at all, which I guess is a good thing.

“It’s been quite easy really but I just have to keep working even harder now because the older you get the more you need to look after your body and start to prepare for next year.”

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