New Coventry City signing Gustavo Hamer has discussed the potential of a return to the Ricoh Arena for the newly-promoted Championship club.
Hamer, born in Brazil, offers plenty of experience having played for Feyenoord during his younger years, where he made his professional debut against Ajax in 2017.
Following a short loan spell with Dordrecht in the Eerste Divisie, Hamer joined Zwolle, where he made 50 appearances, and he is now focused on featuring for Coventry, discussing the potential of playing at the Ricoh Arena next term.
Coventry played their home games this season at Birmingham City’s St Andrews Stadium in what was the second time they have left the Ricoh Arena in the past seven years, having previously played at Northampton Town’s Sixfields Stadium.
Last month, club chairman Tim Fisher told talkSPORT that Coventry held “positive” talks with Wasps, the rugby club that owns the Ricoh Arena, about a potential return to the venue.
“I hope they can work it out together,” Hamer told reporters from Dutch media outlet Leidsch Dagblad.
“The stadium is still locked and I haven’t been there yet, but what I hear is that they are doing everything they can to play at the Ricoh Arena next season.
“I did go to the training ground, though. It’s so typically English, very nice to walk around. Everything is arranged perfectly,” he said. “There are five fields, all of them are like pool tables!”
A return to Ricoh Arena is what Coventry need, especially after gaining promotion, so that their fans can follow their club at a settled venue based within the city rather than needing to rely on the charity of neighbouring clubs.
As first impressions go, Hamer’s awareness of the stadium situation and his apparent eagerness to play at the Ricoh should help to curry favour with the Sky Blues faithful.
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