The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Isaac Wil­liam

COVEN­TRY’S on-loan striker Nathan Delfouneso has vowed that he wont end up on the soc­cer scrap heap.

Delfouneso, who is on-loan with the Sky Blues from As­ton Villa, is one of hun­dreds of play­ers who will be out of con­tract this sum­mer.

Get­ting a new deal is prov­ing to be harder than ever and with Villa cer­tain to re­lease him it all adds up to a wor­ry­ing time for the 23-year-old.

Delfouneso was tipped for big things when he made his Villa de­but as a 17-year-old but has barely played for Paul Lam­bert’s men in re­cent sea­sons. He’s had loan spells at Burn­ley, Le­ices­ter and two at Black­pool and knows he has to pro­duce the goods in the com­ing weeks to try and im­press po­ten­tial new em­ploy­ers.

The for­mer Eng­land un­der-21 in­ter­na­tional said: “Hope­fully I will take this op­por­tu­nity at Coven­try to re­ally show­case what I am made of and get my­self back up to the top league.

“I have done it be­fore and I be­lieve I can come back even stronger and bet­ter and do it again.

“I have been through a lot in foot­ball and come back from it so I am men­tally tough. I just have to knuckle down and re-fo­cus.

“The op­por­tu­ni­ties haven’t quite been there re­cently but I have still got con­fi­dence in my­self and faith in my abil­ity to get back there.

“I am up at the end of the sea­son but I have to con­cen­trate on what I am do­ing now.

“I’ll work hard all week and try to fin­ish the sea­son very well.

“Un­for­tu­nately it’s been a strange sea­son for me in­jury­wise.

“I did my an­kle at the start of the sea­son which put me back seven weeks or so.

“I did my thigh here at Coven­try when I joined, which hasn’t re­ally helped me, but I have got to put my­self for­ward and try to make an im­pact when I get a chance on the pitch.”

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