Leon disappointed not to play

Leon McKenzie says he's “massively disappointed” he won't be facing his old Norwich City team-mates on Saturday. McKenzie will be sitting in the stands watching his new club Coventry against the Canaries because a clause in last week's £600,000 deal excludes him from playing in Championship matches between the teams this season.

Leon McKenzie says he's “massively disappointed” he won't be facing his old Norwich City team-mates on Saturday.

McKenzie will be sitting in the stands watching his new club Coventry against the Canaries because a clause in last week's £600,000 deal excludes him from playing in Championship matches between the teams this season.

“It is a massive disappointment that I am not allowed to play against Norwich this season, but there was nothing I could do about it,” said McKenzie of the clause that Norwich insisted upon.

“But I will be there next Saturday when we beat them. The stadium is amazing and I can't wait to play there, which will be a really special occasion for me.”


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McKenzie's departure was tinged with controversy, with the now infamous 7pm transfer deadline day phone call to manager Nigel Worthington finally signalling the end of his two-and-a-half-year stay in Norfolk.

And while he may have lost a few friends in Norwich, the reception that he may get as he watches from the stands on Saturday will be nothing compared to his expected debut - against Ipswich at Portman Road next Tuesday.

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“It is a mouth watering prospect,” said McKenzie. “I did well on my last debut and it would be great to score against Ipswich again on my Coventry debut.”

Asked about his strengths, McKenzie said: “Giving 100pc is the most important thing for me. I like to chase down and irritate defenders and try to force them into making mistakes. I don't stop running all game and if I can add a little bit of ability on top then I am happy.

“I have got a bit of pace and I am strong as well and hopefully I fit the bill for a Micky Adams team.

“He has got fire and passion so I reckon we will get on great. I can play up front or out wide where I am more comfortable on the left because I am left-footed.”

“I have played in the Premiership which was great and to get back there is the number one thing for me.”

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