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Hendry, Hedman and Zuniga

Coventry City today unveiled new recruit Colin Hendry to Sky Blues fans and also revealed that they have made another big signing.

Magnus Hedman, Coventry City FCAlongside the Scotland international at today’s press conference sat highly rated goalkeeper Magnus Hedman, who has spent the last two months locked in contract talks with the club.

Those negotiations are now over and the Swedish international has put pen to paper and agreed a new four-year deal with the club.

Sky Blues chairman Bryan Richardson admitted that both the signing of Hendry and the retention of Hedman were of huge significance to the club.

He said: 

"I think this shows the clear direction that Coventry City are now heading in.

"The fact that the likes of Robbie Keane wanted to join us when there were other teams interested shows that the club is now considered as very ambitious.

"That was reinforced with the arrival of Moroccans Moustapha Hadji and Youssef Chippo.

"We are now delighted that Colin Hendry has agreed to come to the club and he will be a great servant to Coventry.

"On top of that we have survived our first real test in the contract department with the agreement for Magnus to stay another four years.

"It is the first time the situation has arisen that a truly top class player was coming to the end of his contract with Coventry City and we have managed to deal with that.

"Magnus is one of the finest goalkeepers in the Premiership – I don’t think anybody would dispute that."

Former Blackburn man Hendry has agreed a two and half year deal and joins from Glasgow Rangers for around £750,000.

The tough tackling central defender has left the Scottish side after a nightmare season that has seen him play just three matches all campaign.

He has been frozen out at Ibrox, a situation he admits has been very frustrating.

He said: 

"There are no guarantees in life never mind football and I think it was on the cards that I was going to leave Rangers.

"The manager has got a job to do as every manager has and you can only pick 11 players, but the only thing I would say is that I never let the club down.

"It has been the most frustrating period of my career but I am now looking forward to coming to Coventry – there is progress to be made here and I am delighted to be part of that."

The club also used today’s media conference to announce the arrival of Peruvian goal ace Ysrael Zuniga.

The striker will join his City team-mates for a training trip to La Manga next week, and manager Gordon Strachan admits that the success of his two Moroccans made the Zuniga deal seem like less of a gamble.

"It has made me braver in decisions like this when I see how well the Moroccans have done, but this is still a wee gamble for us and for the player.

"Having said that he burst onto the International scene in real style and for what we have paid he could be a great buy for this club."

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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 25 Feb 00

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