The player reveals West Ham’s ambitions after the EFL stint

Conor Coventry has his sights set on earning playing time next season after a successful loan spell with West Ham MK Dons.

The Irishman agreed League One Club mid-campaign in the January transfer window.

During his time at Stadium MK, the midfielder missed just 15 minutes as the team finished 3rd in the table.

Liam Manning’s side missed out on promotion after a play-off defeat by Wycombe Wanderers in the semi-finals.

Coventry started the season on loan at Peterborough United but failed to impress a side battling relegation in the Championship.

However, his performances in the third tier have been a huge improvement and the 22-year-old now believes he can earn a place in David Moyes’ side for next season.

“Hopefully I’ll make contact in pre-season but I know what I have to do,” Coventry said of MK citizen.

“I was loaned out to play games, to become a better player and a better person, I’ve done that on both counts, it can only help me. I feel closer to the team than I did a year ago, so it can only help me.

“I loved my time [at MK Dons] and it was the first time I really had a chance to get a bunch of games.

“I feel like I really evolved from that.

“It was a bit of bad luck and sometimes things don’t go the way you want in football. I feel we played great football, we were one of the better teams in the league.

“It was a missed opportunity, but you have to take the experience with you, we played really good football.”

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Coventry made 20 league appearances for MK Dons as he helped the side finish in the top six.

The midfielder was previously on loan at Lincoln City but has yet to play for the Hammers in the top flight.

Coventry are hoping that will change in the coming months as they look to fight for their place alongside Moyes.

The judgment

Coventry has been impressive during his time at MK Dons and has shown he is ready to step up a notch in English football.

The youngster is likely to get a chance to impress the West Ham coaching staff in pre-season.

But Coventry should be aiming for playing time wherever he plays next season so should be open to another loan move if Moyes has other plans in his team.

Another loan move would be disappointing but he may still have to prove himself at Championship level before the West Ham boss gives him a decent chance in the team.

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