Bywater joins Sky Blues

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Coventry City have signed goalkeeper Stephan Bywater on loan from Premiership side West Ham United.

Bywater, who signed a new three-year contract with the club last month, saw his chances of earning the West Ham number one jersey reduced with the summer arrival of Roy Carroll and the return of Shaka Hislop to Upton Park.

Sky Blues boss Micky Adams was keen to add a custodian to their ranks following a recent rib injury to summer signing Clayton Ince and has taken Bywater on loan until the end of the year.

With Scott Shearer leaving the Championship club to join Bristol Rovers, Coventry were keen to add some custodial experience to their ranks before the start of the new season on Saturday.

"I knew it would be hard getting in the team at West Ham when they signed Roy Carroll - you don't buy the Manchester United goalkeeper to have him sit on the bench," Bywater told The Stellar Group's official website.

"Then when Shaka arrived, it was clear I would have to go on loan to play some first-team football.

"Alan Pardew told me that he would like me to play and that going on loan would improve me as a goalkeeper.

"I had several offers from some very good sides, but the prospect of playing under Micky Adams in a new 32,000-seater stadium at Coventry was too good to turn down.

"I have also heard from a number of players what a good manager Micky is and I was very keen to take the opportunity to work and learn under him.

"Big things will be expected of the team this season and I can't wait to get started."