Coventry City boss confirms Jordan Willis's exit as Bristol City reportedly battle Derby County for his signature

Jordan Willis of Coventry City and Peter Crouch of Stoke City challenge for a header during the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Coventry City and Stoke City at Ricoh Arena on...

Jordan Willis has departed Coventry City and has been linked with Bristol City and Derby County.

Jordan Willis of Coventry gestures during the Sky Bet League One match between Burton Albion and Coventry City at Pirelli Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent, United Kingdom.

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.

Jordan Willis of Coventry City during the Sky Bet League One match between Coventry City and Oxford United at The Ricoh Arena on March 23, 2019 in Coventry, United Kingdom.

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.

Damien McCrory of Burton Albion and Jordan Willis of Coventry City in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Burton Albion and Coventry City at Pirelli Stadium on November 17,...

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