After becoming the latest player to go out on loan, Gael Bigirimana says that he left Coventry as a boy but comes back as a man.
The three and a half years at Newcastle United have been a strange one, instantly involved in both the Premier League and the Europa League as a teenager, this then led to him being frozen out by Alan Pardew for no reason that was made public.
The United midfielder says his contract is at Newcastle but his heart is at Coventry, the place he calls home.
Gael Bigirimana will join fellow Newcastle loanee Adam Armstrong at the Ricoh Arena and is also looking forward to meeting up with his Coventry teammates from the past as well.
“I’m so pleased to be back and to play for my home club.
“I call it my home club because it is where I grew up and started my career. My home club contract wise is Newcastle but Coventry always has a special place in my heart.
“I can’t wait tomorrow to see the boys and see the people who weren’t in today. I always wanted to play with the players I played with at youth level in a first-team environment, I’m very excited to play with the boys. Conor Thomas is like a brother to me and Ivor and James Maddison I played with too so it would be a fantastic experience.
“The club are doing great so it’s a great bonus for me to come while confidence is high. My target is to get games and add whatever the manager needs me to add into the team. We have to continue winning games and by the time January comes, I want us to still be 1st or 2nd – still in a good position. Then we’ll see my future from there.
“But one thing I want to put right is that the club was relegated when I was here, so it would be a dream come true part of a team that takes the club back where they belong.”
“It’s been a difficult last two seasons as I haven’t played much. But I believe I left Coventry as a boy and am coming back as a man. I feel like I’ve learned so much, my move has been worth it can’t wait to show the City fans the player that I’ve become.
“You learn a lot by not being in the situation but outside of the situation. I need games and match fitness but in my head when I was younger with Coventry I used to use more of my energy to run around but now I’m more experienced in my head. I manage games better, of course I want to put a shift in but I know when to move and when not to a lot more now.
“I’m so excited to be here I can’t tell you, I’m back home and I want to give my all.”