Jordan Shipley was visibly emotional at the end of Coventry City’s last game of the season which also comes as his final match for his beloved home town club.
The fans sang, “Jordan Shipley, he’s one of our own…” as each of his Sky Blues teammates hugged him one by one in front of the 2,613-strong away end at the Bet 365 Stadium where he helped his side to a 1-1 draw.
It was a clear good-bye and afterwards manager Mark Robins confirmed the player’s expected departure by revealing the club had accepted a bid from an unnamed club.
“We have had an offer for him and it’s been accepted, so he may depart,” said the City boss.
“That’s the thing that’s been going on over the last few days and I have spoken to him and he’d like to go at this moment in time because he’d like to play and I can’t promise him that, so he may end up departing.”
Robins paid tribute to the Coventry-born Academy graduate who has been a terrific servant to the club over the last five years.
“It’s just one of those things where you want to give him recognition for what he has done over the last five years has been unbelievably good for us, from the bounce back from League Two to where we are now,” said Robins.
“He’s been a huge part of that and it’s just a shame that those things have to happen, but you have to try to do that for a number of reasons but he may be able to go and play some more regular football but it gives us a little bit of money back in for what we may need to do.”
He added: “It’s how football clubs evolve and at this moment in time it’s what will happen, although there’s always room for a change of heart, but that looks like that’s going to happen.”
Shipley was due to be out of contract this summer but has a clause in his contract which the club can trigger to extend that for another year. And Robins revealed the club intend to do that in order to secure a fee for his services.
“That will be part of what’s happening, yes,” he confirmed to CoventryLive.