Rou beauty! Parkinson delighted with double swoop

The versatile Christopher Routis, right, will help boost City's defence and midfield options after signing yesterday

The versatile Christopher Routis, right, will help boost City's defence and midfield options after signing yesterday

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PHIL Parkinson yesterday hailed the addition of Christopher Routis and Filipe Morais as he prepares to make a call on Achille Campion.

The City boss had voiced his concerns over the lack of numbers in his squad but versatile defender Routis has been awarded a one-year deal with a second-year option in the club’s favour.

Routis, 24, left Swiss outfit Servette earlier this summer but he will not feature against Coventry today as he waits on international clearance.

He played in pre-season friendlies against Ossett Town, Blackburn, Bradford Park Avenue and Hartlepool, with Parkinson predicting: “Chris will be a good addition for us.

“He can play centre-back, right-back and probably midfield as well.

“With Matty Taylor going, I felt it was important we got somebody else in.

“Chris is someone we’ve had with us for the last couple of weeks and I’ve been nothing but impressed by him.

“He’s played at a good standard and is really determined to make his mark over in England.

“Signing Chris is important because I was just feeling a bit vulnerable at the back.

“Gary Liddle can play centre-back and Alan Sheehan and James Meredith can cover too, but I just felt we need greater numbers compared to what we had in the past.

“It was important we got the right person and I feel Chris is the right one.

“He’s an interesting one, something a bit different for us to go into that market.

“But we’ve got to know him over the past couple of weeks in terms of his character and his professionalism.

“He has done nothing but impress us every single day.”

Portuguese winger Morais, 28, has signed a short-term deal after leaving Stevenage at the end of last season.

A former Chelsea trainee, Morais enjoyed a couple of seasons with Oldham after previously playing north of the border with Hibernian, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and St Johnstone.

Parkinson added: “We just needed to get ourselves covered for those first few weeks of the season.

“Felipe is a good player and has played at this level a lot.

“It’s good that we have got options going into the first few games of the season.”

Matt Urwin is likely to be on the bench today as Ben Williams was still awaiting clearance yesterday.

Campion, meanwhile, has been nursing an injury which has denied him the chance to press his claims for a contract after scoring a hat-trick in the 3-0 friendly win at Avenue.

Parkinson said: “Campion is still with us but unfortunately he got injured last week when I wanted to give him a good taste of first-team action.

“We will sit him down over the weekend and have a chat with the chairmen and everybody else regarding that situation.”

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7:57am Sat 9 Aug 14

tyker7745 says...

good signings :hope clearance for Routis is not a lengthy process.

Champion wold be a goo signing als0 giving us extra u font especially as toothpaste will not b properly fit for na while
good signings :hope clearance for Routis is not a lengthy process. Champion wold be a goo signing als0 giving us extra u font especially as toothpaste will not b properly fit for na while tyker7745
  • Score: -18

8:42am Sat 9 Aug 14

Freddy says...

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Understand 1200 plus tickets have been sold by Coventry. Every supporter etc. is looking for a result and good start today. I still have doubts for City. All the new signings and injured, need a pre-season work out. Especially 'ToothPaste'. He is needed to shine, and quickly.
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* Understand 1200 plus tickets have been sold by Coventry. Every supporter etc. is looking for a result and good start today. I still have doubts for City. All the new signings and injured, need a pre-season work out. Especially 'ToothPaste'. He is needed to shine, and quickly. * Freddy
  • Score: -15

10:39am Sat 9 Aug 14

lawsonio123 says...

Toothpaste Do you mean our GOAL Scoring Forward Well personally I think we have bought a pig in he Pork BUT what the devill give him a chance to produce the goals this season. Everyone deserves a chance so please let us give him a while longer to get his act together after all he has to make a living and cannot help it if he is injured. Meanwhile get down to Valley Parade today and cheer these lads on the crowd can and does make a difference so keep the noise up and we may all see a net full of goals home ones of coarse GOOD LUCK CITY a successful season to you
Toothpaste Do you mean our GOAL Scoring Forward Well personally I think we have bought a pig in he Pork BUT what the devill give him a chance to produce the goals this season. Everyone deserves a chance so please let us give him a while longer to get his act together after all he has to make a living and cannot help it if he is injured. Meanwhile get down to Valley Parade today and cheer these lads on the crowd can and does make a difference so keep the noise up and we may all see a net full of goals home ones of coarse GOOD LUCK CITY a successful season to you lawsonio123
  • Score: 5

10:52am Sat 9 Aug 14

minkiebantam says...

Agree lowsonio. Got to give Mclean half a season to impress,fully fit BEFORE we make any decisions. I just hope we get half a season out of him!?
If ur gonna just go to a few games this season and pay on the gate, make this one of them. Not only is it the 1st game, last year it was one of the best games in terms of entertainment.
Goodluck today city, think we need everyone on there A game. INCLUDING us, the 12th man.
CTID!!
Agree lowsonio. Got to give Mclean half a season to impress,fully fit BEFORE we make any decisions. I just hope we get half a season out of him!? If ur gonna just go to a few games this season and pay on the gate, make this one of them. Not only is it the 1st game, last year it was one of the best games in terms of entertainment. Goodluck today city, think we need everyone on there A game. INCLUDING us, the 12th man. CTID!! minkiebantam
  • Score: 6

11:27am Sat 9 Aug 14

Cityman23 says...

It's the first day of a new league campaign. It's a clean blank page. No team has an advantage over any other, yet. Everything's to play for and it's that wonderful time when all fans feel anything's possible. Could we get promoted, win the league, get to Wembley again or have a great cup run???

It all starts today, and ......it's
Brilliant!
It's the first day of a new league campaign. It's a clean blank page. No team has an advantage over any other, yet. Everything's to play for and it's that wonderful time when all fans feel anything's possible. Could we get promoted, win the league, get to Wembley again or have a great cup run??? It all starts today, and ......it's Brilliant! Cityman23
  • Score: 8

11:55am Sat 9 Aug 14

Peter300 says...

tyker7745 wrote:
good signings :hope clearance for Routis is not a lengthy process.

Champion wold be a goo signing als0 giving us extra u font especially as toothpaste will not b properly fit for na while
He's not too old for you then?
[quote][p][bold]tyker7745[/bold] wrote: good signings :hope clearance for Routis is not a lengthy process. Champion wold be a goo signing als0 giving us extra u font especially as toothpaste will not b properly fit for na while[/p][/quote]He's not too old for you then? Peter300
  • Score: -3

12:33pm Sat 9 Aug 14

wolfspeak says...

Pies in my pocket, beer in my belly Midland Road again, come on Lads let's do 'em!!
Pies in my pocket, beer in my belly Midland Road again, come on Lads let's do 'em!! wolfspeak
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