Sky Blues confirm King signing
Marlon King has made his return to professional football after finally wrapping up his move to Coventry.
Last Updated: 20/09/10 4:24pm
Marlon King has made his return to professional football after finally wrapping up his prolonged move to Coventry.
The 30-year-old striker's future in the game appeared uncertain after he was released from prison back in July having served half of an 18-month sentence for sexual assault and causing actual bodily harm.
But King, whose contract with former club Wigan was terminated in the aftermath of the well-publicised incident, has now signed at the Ricoh Arena until the end of the season.
"I am very grateful for the chance Coventry City have given me and I look forward to working with Aidy (Boothroyd) again," said King.
"I will be working hard to repeat the success we had when we last worked together (at Watford)."
King was invited by former Watford manager Boothroyd to train with Coventry shortly after his release from prison.
After the striker impressed both in training and for the club's reserves, Boothroyd offered him a deal and a medical was completed and personal terms agreed.
However, the deal has since been delayed for unknown reasons, believed to be above the head of the Sky Blues boss who, along with King, has been keen to tie things up.
Rival Championship clubs such as Nottingham Forest reignited late interest in the meantime but, after much uncertainty, the deal was finally completed.
"When I managed Marlon at Watford he was a first class professional and I fully expect that to be the case at Coventry City," said Boothroyd.
"He's been working very hard with us in an attempt to regain his fitness.
"He has looked sharp in training and in a couple of reserve matches but we will have to assess very carefully when he is ready for the step into Championship football."
King is expected to make his Sky Blues debut in Saturday's home clash against Preston.