Coventry captain Sammy Clingan has called for a cracking start to City’s campaign, and is hungry for the “tasty” fixtures that will be served up in the first month of the season.
Their opener against Npower Championship favourites Leicester will be a feast of football, and Clingan is ready to get his teeth stuck into the Sky Blues' local rivals, who have been spending big money during the transfer window to bring in nine players, including £5 million on defender Matt Mills.
He said: "When the fixture list came out we looked at it straightaway and saw there were a couple of tasty ones to start with!
"I think Leicester will be pushing for promotion this season but we will be looking to perform to our best and get the win that we want from this match.
"It's an important game for the fans as they are local rivals from just down the M69 and they are always good matches. I think we've drawn the last few matches we've played so they are usually tight games.
Coventry will then have to face the recently demoted Birmingham City in the same month, but according to Clingan, a baptism of fire is just what the team needs to go further this time around, after finishing in 18th last season and just seven points clear of relegation.
"We want to go one better this season and get that win to kick off the season in the best possible way."
The Northern Irish international had been linked to Leeds United this summer, but the 27 year-old looks set to take on his new role as captain against the Foxes at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday at 12:30pm.