Coventry agree to three extensions, including Patrick Pellegrini deal

Championship leaders Coventry marked the end of another promising season by confirming that former England rower Patrick Pellegrini, Matt Kvecic and engine room talisman James Tyas have all signed contract extensions for the 2024/25 season.

Alex Ray's side finished third last season, 11 points behind champions Jersey, and currently sit in second place, four points behind leaders Ealing.

However, with their 20-match campaign over, they are likely to miss out on the runners-up spot as third-placed Cornish Pirates still have one game remaining.

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Patrick Pellegrini on his stunning try in RWC 2023 against the Springboks

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However, a third-placed finish in a row would still be a huge achievement, leaving Coventry ready for what they hope will be a title-winning season next season.

A statement on their contract extension read: “Coventry have received a major boost by confirming that Tongan World Cup star Pat Pellegrini as well as former England winger Matt Kvesic and experienced lock James Tyas will once again be part of their squad next season.

“Successive top-three finishes have thrust Cove into the spotlight as a title contender for the 2024/25 season, and much of that progress is down to a group of players who truly share the ethos created by head coach Alex Ray as well as his coaching and support staff.

Pellegrini's 2023/24 Coventry campaign has started somewhat late due to his recall by Tonga for the Rugby World Cup campaign in which he scored a memorable try against two-time world champions South Africa.

“Since his return to Potts Park, the half-half has continued the form that has earned him international honours, and he finished the Championship campaign as the league's top scorer.

“He also creates and completes any number of thrilling attempts with the trademark overtaking and explosive pace that makes him a favorite with the Butts Park faithful.

“Kvesic joined the team a year ago and since then he has become one of the most consistent players in the tournament.

“The 32-year-old operates in all three back-row positions, and has started 22 of his club's 25 competitive matches this season. In addition to his attacking skills and powerful possession of the ball, Kvesic brings invaluable experience to a young Ray side.

“Experienced second-row striker Tyas has signed a new contract extending his stay at Potts Park Arena for a fourth year. A measure of Tyas' importance is that he has started 22 matches this season. In fact, all of his 61 appearances at Coventry so far have been part of the starting XI. – a very rare achievement indeed.

“The details of Thias’ on-pitch contribution only tell half the story, as he is also responsible for the club’s analysis team via his company Pro View and is responsible for managing the Cove squad.”

Coach Ray said: “It's great to have Pat on board again. There are not many fly-half players who play the way he plays. He has played a huge role in the way we want to attack and entertain people. His work ethic and desire His ability to become better is truly admirable, and above all he cares deeply and is an amazing person.

“We also feel very fortunate to have a player and person of Matt's caliber. The way he carries himself day in and day out is a great example to our younger players of what a true professional looks like and his performances have been really consistent this season.

“Since James arrived, he has been one of our most consistent performers, every week giving everything he has and setting a great example. He is obsessed with getting better every day and is exactly the type of person we want to work with and is someone the younger players look up to.

Tyas added: “I'm really excited about the future. We've made progress every year, and after speaking with Alex and Nick (Johnston) their plans for next year are something I really want to be involved in.”

“Working with our coaching staff has taken my game to another level – I feel challenged and pushed by them to keep improving. I think I have a few more good years and I want to spend them seeing how far we can go as a club.


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