Coventry City manager Mark Robins has confirmed that he expects to retain the services of on-loan Derby County midfielder Luke Thomas beyond the current agreement between the two clubs.

The 19-year-old Soudly-born midfielder has impressed at The Ricoh Arena since joining The Sky Blues on loan in August on an initial deal until the New Year.

Speaking to The72 after Coventry City’s 1-1 home draw with Peterborough United on Friday evening, manager Robins admitted that an extension to Thomas’ loan deal is likely.

“I don’t see why we won’t” said Robins when asked about whether the club will extend Thomas’ loan deal into 2019.

“The lad wants to stay and I think Derby want it to happen.

“He is their player but we will see what they want to do.”

Thomas was heavily involved in several of Coventry City’s attacking moves as they battled to a 1-1 draw with  fellow promotion chasers Peterborough United. The player failed to capitalise on a couple of very good chances to score but nevertheless, his manager was keen to sing his praises after the final whistle.

“I think Luke is a good player, he is a really good player” Robins added.

“He has shown an unbelievable appetite to work and at the end of it, he was unlucky not to get his name on the scoresheet.

“His work rate is phenomenal and I’m not too bothered about the other bits as they will come.”

Thomas has made just two senior appearances for parent club Derby County to date with both of those outings coming in the Sky Bet Championship last season.

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