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.”