There's just one thing missing for Conor Coventry as the loan midfielder settles in at Rotherham United

The Advertiser caught up with the Premier League youngster after the Blackpool match.
Conor CoventryConor Coventry
Conor Coventry

HE can’t find anywhere to live but Conor Coventry is already feeling right at home with Rotherham United.

The 22-year-old has started all three matches since his loan switch from Premier League West Ham United and has quickly taken to life in South Yorkshire.

One of seven January arrivals, he just needs to sort out his accommodation now.

“Yeah, I’m in a hotel at the moment,” he said. “Aston Hall. There are three of us in there.

“I’ve been up here for only a couple of weeks but I’m really enjoying it so far.”

The midfielder’s next chance to impress comes on Saturday when Coventry City are the visitors to AESSEAL New York Stadium

Fans have liked what they have seen so far from a player who mixes craft with graft and has already made a telling contribution to the Millers’ upturn in Championship fortunes.

“I just want to get as many games as I can and fit into the team,” he said. “People say ‘He’s a loan player, will he care?’ but I want the team to do well and I’m fighting for the team’s goals because that’s what I’m like.

“I’m the type of person who gives 100 per cent for the badge I’m playing for.”

His new side have done well enough in the last month to suggest they’re more than capable of remaining in the division

“The gaffer believes in us and wants us to show what we can do,” Coventry side. “He’s pushing us to be the best we can.

“There’s a lot of confidence here. The lads want to push to get better. The gaffer has said we don’t want to be looking over our shoulder, we want to be looking up.

“I think we’re in quite a good place. We just need to keep adding those little bits and see where it takes us.

“I’ll just try to do what the team needs. Most of the time I play as the deeper one, getting on the ball, but you’ve just got to adapt to what the game requires.”

The Londoner is no stranger to loans, having spent time in the past at Lincoln City, Peterborough United and MK Dons.

He starred for MK last season as they pushed Rotherham all the way in the race for League One promotion and parent club the Hammers see regular second-tier action as the next stage in his development.

They think enough of him to have extended his contract to 2024 before allowing him to leave the capital and head 180 miles up the M1.

“The Championship is frantic at times and that’s why you do the fitness work,” Coventry said. “Playing in it has made me that split second quicker.”

He’s a young man a long way from loved ones but taking everything in his cultured stride.

“I haven’t been home for a few weeks,” he said. “I’ve done loans a few times now and I’m used to it. That’s the life of a footballer. I wouldn’t say there’s any homesickness. I’m with the lads here pretty much every day.”

His own place would be good, though.

“Yeah,” he said. “I’m looking.”