Former boss wishes new SAFC star Kieren Westwood well

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COVENTRY City manager Andy Thorn has wished Keiren Westwood all the best in the wake of the goalkeeper officially confirming his exit from the Ricoh Arena.

Westwood sent a letter to the club at the start of the week informing them he would not be taking up their long-standing offer of a new contract.

After that, he turned his attention to a move to Sunderland, agreeing personal terms and undergoing a medical before signing a three-year deal with the Black Cats.

Coventry are disappointed that Simpson has gone and disappointed that they have lost out on a fee after the keeper exercised his right to a Bosman move.

But the West Midlands club has shown a touch of class in the way they’ve handled the loss of their star player.

Thorn said: “Keiren has written to the club confirming that he will not be signing a new deal.

“He has been an outstanding player for this club and I would personally like to wish him all the best for the future.

“The club obviously has no say on where he goes now but he has gone about everything in completely the right way.”

Westwood’s decision at least means Coventry can draw a line under the situation and swiftly move into the market for a new keeper – Scunthorpe’s former Sunderland keeper Joe Murphy being the man

they’re after.

Thorn admitted: “It is nice to have some clarity on the situation and now we can move on with preparations for the new season.

“The chairman and I are working hard to bring in players including someone to fill the goalkeeping position.”