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The Coventry manager Gordon Strachan
"He can easily play for another three years"
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Friday, 25 February, 2000, 17:21 GMT
Hendry arrives at Highfield Road

Hendry: Struggling for a first team place at Rangers

Scotland captain Colin Hendry has completed his move from Glasgow Rangers to Coventry City.

Coventry unveiled their new defender alongside fellow new signing, Peruvian international Ysrael Zuniga, at a press conference on Friday.

With what I can hopefully bring, we can be close to some real success at Coventry

Colin Hendry
The 23-year-old striker, who has won the Golden Boot in South America, signed from Peruvian club Melgar where he scored 26 goals in 36 games.

Hendry, who signed a two-and-a-half year deal, revealed that Coventry had been the only Premiership side to offer him a permanent contract.

"I'm delighted to be coming back to where (English football) I've played virtually all my career and coming into a team that has shown great flair and technically good football," he said.

"I fancied coming here and doing my bit for the club.

"With what I can hopefully bring, we can be close to some real success."

Manager Gordon Strachan Strachan revealed that he had been trying to sign Hendry since August and that over the months the fee for him had dropped, finally to around 750,000.

Strachan said he had no qualms about signing a 34-year-old, pointing to the example of Richard Gough and Dave Watson at Everton and Steve Bould at Sunderland.

"Gough, Watson and Bould are older than Colin so we feel we have got a good deal," said Strachan.

Strachan admitted that the success of Moroccans Mustapha Hadji and Youssef Chippo at Highfield Road had persuaded him to take a gamble on Zuniga.

"It's a wee gamble for us because we haven't seen much of him and it's a gamble for him because he doesn't know much about us.

"It's a different culture for him to get used to here but we will bring him on nicely.

"The success of the Moroccans has made me be a bit more open-minded about signings and if he's (Zuniga) as successful as the two Morroccans we'll be very happy."

Zuniga, speaking through an interpreter, said: "I think the Premiership is the best league in the world. "I'll have to fight hard to win a place in the team and I'm looking forward to the challenge."

Swedish keeper Magnus Hedman has also signed a new four-year-contract.

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