Westwood deal delights Coleman
Chris Coleman believes Coventry could help Kieren Westwood develop into one of the best keepers in England.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 18/06/08 3:14pm
Coventry manager Chris Coleman believes the Sky Blues could help Kieren Westwood develop into one of the best goalkeepers in England.
The 23-year-old completed his move to Coventry on Wednesday, signing on a three-year contract from Carlisle for an undisclosed fee.
Coleman is thrilled to have lured Westwood to the Ricoh Arena as he has established himself as one of the most promising goalkeepers outside the Premier League, making 153 appearances in just four years at Carlisle.
The former Manchester City trainee was an ever-present last season as the Cumbrians reached the League One play-offs and he scooped all the club's Player of the Year awards.
"I think he's a very good keeper and he's one of the best I've seen (outside the Premier League)," Coleman told Sky Sports News.
"He's only 23 so you have to say that, potentially, I'd be right in making that statement.
"I don't want to put extra pressure on Kieren but he's a confident young lad and we're delighted that we've secured his services because we weren't the only show in town.
"Thankfully he's chosen to come to Coventry so we have to give ourselves a pat on the back also."
Westwood had a year left on his contract at Brunton Park but feels he is ready to step up into the Championship and bolster Coventry's bid for a top-flight return.
"It's a massive club with a Premier League stadium and everything here is geared towards getting into the Premier League in the next couple of years," he added.
"I'm happy that the manager's shown faith in me to bring me to the club and make me part of it."