Sky Blues grab Gardner

Thorn delighted to bring in Villa starlet

Gary Gardner: Joining Coventry on a one-month loan deal from Aston Villa

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Coventry City have moved to bolster their squad by drafting in Aston Villa youngster Gary Gardner on loan.

The 19-year-old midfielder, who scored a brace for England Under 21s earlier this month against Iceland, joins on an initial one-month deal until 3rd January.

Gardner, who is the younger brother of Sunderland midfielder Craig, is highly regarded at Villa and is tipped for a big future at Villa Park.

Sky Blues boss Andy Thorn was delighted to land Gardner after reportedly beating off a host of clubs to the midfielder's signature.

"I am delighted to get him," Thorn told the Coventry Telegraph.

"Although I have been looking for a bit of experience, this was an opportunity I couldn't pass up because Gary is such a talented lad.

"He's over 6ft, has got a great engine, can tackle and he scores goals from midfield.

"He's an England Under 21 international and a proper talent and we've beaten off a host of other clubs to get him because he likes to play football and likes the way we play, so he should be a good addition for us."