Dagenham Wonder Kid Joins Coventry

Jodi Jones has joined the League One side on loan with view to a permanent deal, as Simon Eaves reports.

Coventry City have signed the highly rated 18-year-old winger on an emergency loan deal.

Jones has joined the Sky Blues until the end of the season with a permanent deal agreed in principle between the two clubs ahead of the summer.

The winger, who is a product of the Daggers academy, signed his first professional contract in March 2015, and is the youngest ever Football League player for the East London side. Jones made his debut against Portsmouth when he was just 17.

However, throughout the 2015/16 campaign, Jones has found it difficult to establish himself in the Daggers starting XI. Therefore the decision has been made to allow him to go out on loan in search of regular football.

Big Club

Jones, when speaking about his move, told the Coventry City official website:

“I can’t wait to get started. It’s a move which really excites me because this is a big club for me to join.

“It’s took a bit of time to get the deal done but happy to get it over the line now. I’m really hoping I can make an impact here.

“I broke into the Dagenham and Redbridge team half-way through last season and ever since then, I’ve been playing in the first-team. I’ve made 40 appearances which is quite a lot for someone my age.”

Delighted

Daggers manager, John Still, told the official Dagenham website:

“I am delighted for Jodi, it’s a great opportunity. There was a few clubs interested in taking him but for whatever reason nothing has happened.

“I feel for his progress it is the right time for this to happen.

“It’s a great opportunity for Jodi to proceed onto a higher level.”

The London-born winger will join Coventry’s under-21s squad and could feature in their match against Bristol City at Ashton Gate tonight.