Coventry City have confirmed the permanent signing of Joe Cole. He signs from Aston Villa on a three transfer and joins on a deal until the end of the current season.

The 34-year-old has impressed during a loan spell at Ricoh Arena, featuring on seven occasions and scoring a wonderful free-kick in the 4-3 victory over Barnsley. The forward has 56 caps for the England senior team, scoring ten goals in the process. The former Chelsea and West Ham attacker will now look to play a key role in Coventry’s promotion bid. Manager Tony Mowbray couldn’t hide his delight at this transfer coup,

“Since he joined the club, I’ve really enjoyed working with Joe and delighted to see him sign on for the rest of the season.

Our staff have worked hard with him to build up his fitness and physicality, and we’ve seen Joe really buy into what we’re trying to do here.

He’s great to have around the dressing room and the rest of the squad feed off his experience, and I’m sure it’ll have a positive impact on our younger players as well.

I only see his performance for the club getting better and he is a fantastic option to have from now until the end of the season.”

The Paddington-born man has won a number of team and individual honours throughout his career. The majority of those came during his time at Stamford Bridge, including three Premier League titles, three FA Cup winners medal, two League Cup triumphs and was also runner-up in the 2008 Champions League final.

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