Sears eyes Saturday start

Freddie Sears is looking forward to making an impact at Coventry City over the rest of the season and bringing the benefit of that back to West Ham United.

The striker - like 18-year-old Frank Nouble who has gone to West Bromwich Albion - has been allowed to head out on loan to the Championship club because of Gianfranco Zola's many attacking options. He is poised to make his debut at home to Queen's Park Rangers on Saturday, with the goal of helping Coventry's push for the promotion play-offs.

"The aim is to try and play as many matches as I can," Sears said. "With the new boys coming in, Benni [McCarthy], Mido and Ilan, it will be a bit difficult for young players like myself to maybe get a chance. Frank is the same, he has just gone to West Brom on loan, but it is all to get experience and matches under our belts."

Sears played 19 times for Coventry's league rivals Crystal Palace earlier in the season before a couple of matches last month back at West Ham. "My time at Crystal Palace was worthwhile," he said.

"I felt I came back to West Ham stronger and that is what I want to do again. Palace was local, this is slightly further away but still not that far from home, as well as the football.

"You get to experience this, so it is all good for me at this stage of my career. Getting some goals in the bag would be good, I am looking forward to trying to do that."