Coventry City manager Mark Robins has told reporters for the Coventry Telegraph how Jordan Willis has left the club as he eyes a move to the Championship amid interest from Bristol City and Derby County.
“We offered him a contract and he turned that down. We moved on because Jordan has been looking for a long time to get himself a Championship club, and as far as I know that’s what he intends to do. Jordan is a great lad who did brilliantly for us and we needed to move on,” Robins explained.
Willis made over 200 appearances for Coventry after coming through the club’s youth academy. He helped them to promotion from League Two, before the Sky Blues consolidated themselves in League One last term.
The 24-year-old arguably feels he is of Championship standard and is ready for the challenge.
The Coventry Telegraph cite Luton Town, Bristol City and Derby County as his suitors, with the latter two the more likely to sign him as they target another challenge for promotion this coming season.
Both Derby and City were in the fight for the remaining playoff position last term, and it was the Rams who pipped the Robins to sixth place with a 2-0 victory at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate late in the campaign a major factor.
Derby are currently sorting out their managerial position as Frank Lampard seems on the brink of joining Chelsea, according to Sky Sports, while Phillip Cocu has been identified as his potential successor.
The Rams’ situation arguably leaves Bristol City in the driving seat to sign Willis, and they could view him as a potential replacement for Adam Webster who is reportedly attracting Premier League interest.
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