The EFL have granted Coventry City the prestigious accolade of having the best academy outside of the Premier League over the past six seasons.

The rankings take into account the proportion of academy products who have gone onto feature at the first team for each club – The Sky Blues placed ninth in the entire football league and first when just taking into account the EFL 72.

James Maddison, who has gone on to sparkle for Leicester and England, and Callum Wilson, who has been prolific at Premier League level with Bournemouth and Newcastle, are the two marquee products of the Coventry academy in recent years.

Others like Jordan Shipley, Jordan Willis and Tom Bayliss have featured in the Coventry first team, while the likes of Jermaine Grandison and Nathan Cameron earned their stripes in the midlands before enjoying fruitful careers elsewhere in the EFL.

Understandably pleased with the label which will make Coventry a more attractive prospect for young footballers, academy manager Dan Bolas told the Coventry City official website: “That is testament to the hard work of the players involved, their families and the staff at Academy over a number of years, as well as the opportunities available in the EFL for young players to make appearances.

“At the Academy, we will continue to work hard to create the environment and structure for young players to develop and progress.”

Meanwhile, Coventry chief executive Dave Boddy said: “It emphasises again that there is an established pathway to professional football, and that our Academy has experience in nurturing talent to that end goal. We are all very proud of that record and of our Academy, as we know that Sky Blues fans are too.”

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