Coventry City Sign Non-League Defender Jay McGrath

League One champions Coventry City have completed the signing of Jay McGrath from non-league side Mickleover. The 17-year-old joins on a two-year deal from the Northern Premier Division outfit and will initially link up with Coventry’s development side.

Jay McGrath Signs for Coventry City


A Youngster With a Bright Future

McGrath is the son of former Burton Albion midfielder and current Mickleover manager John McGrath. Predominantly, he is a left-footed centre-back but has also been deployed as a left-back for his father’s team.

His breakthrough season at Mickleover came last year, making numerous appearances throughout the course of the campaign.

He will initially go into Coventry’s development team to continue his growth, but it says a lot about what Coventry must think of him if they are taking non-league players so soon after their promotion to the Championship.

What Was Said?

U23s head coach Luke Tisdale explained that McGrath’s experience of having played men’s football at a young age was key to the signing, telling the club website: “Jay’s a second-year scholar and will spend his time with us in the 23s, but also will be available for the U18s.

“He’s good in the air and a talented young lad and he joins us with the unique experience of playing men’s football at such a young age and that can only help the lads here.”

McGrath himself added: “I’m delighted to be here and im looking forward to getting started at such a big club with a great fan base.

“I can’t wait to get going, hopefully I can push on and make some good progress this year to help my development.”


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