Jacob Murphy says he’s going back to his parent club Norwich City a better player after an ‘amazing’ experience at Coventry City.
The loan player, who scored ten goals and racked up ten assists for the Sky Blues, believes he’s returning to Carrow Road mentally tougher after coming through a dip in form in the second half of the season when he came in for some pretty harsh criticism on social media.
But the 21-year-old who had the supporters on their feet during the first four exhilarating months of the season insists he will always have a special bond with the club.
“It’s been amazing and I wouldn’t change this experience for the world,” he said.
“I can’t thank the fans enough and it’s the best group of players I have ever worked with; just genuine lads and it’s been great fun to be here so I thank everyone for having me.
“It’s been a great learning curve for me and it was great to go out in style at Oldham and to finish with a good performance.
“We were so close to the play-offs in the end and had we taken points off say lesser teams we’d have been right up there.
“I have been left out a bit lately so I was working my socks off to get back in the side and I have seen my performance improve in training and took it into the match on Sunday when no-one could catch me.”
Asked if he feels he’s going back a better player, he said: “One hundred per cent. I learned game by game and after a 40 game season I am going back with a lot more knowledge than when I arrived and I am looking forward to showing people how much I have progressed.”
As to what he’s learned the most, he added: “Mental strength was probably one of the hardest things to learn. “Going through that difficult spell and looking at social media at times, looking down at my phone and seeing quite hurtful stuff.
“It was a case of picking myself up and showing them what I could do as I did at the start of the season.
“From a football point of view, working with Tony Mowbray has been a real pleasure; he’s one serious manager, one of the best I have worked with and he’s helped me so much with my defensive and attacking game so I have nothing but heaps of praise for him and the coaching staff.
“He helped me through the difficult spell and was always talking to me and trying to get me mentally right, and I really appreciated that.
“This club will always mean something to me and I will look with interest all through the summer to see who they bring in. As soon as the season kicks off I will be looking at who they are playing and how they’re doing, so I will keep a close eye on Coventry which has a special place for me.
“I’m looking forward to testing myself at another level which will be another learning curve and it will be good to have Madders there with me. But it’s a case of getting back to Norwich and cracking on.”