Defender Marcus Hall has joined Coventry on a free transfer after being released from his contract at Stoke.
Hall scored his only goal for Stoke in this season's 1-0 win over Derby
Potters boss Tony Pulis confirmed: "His contract was up at the end of the season so we couldn't stand in his way when Coventry came calling.
"They offered him a two-and-a-half year deal and he is returning to his first club and to the one nearest his family.
"We play them on Saturday, but there is a gentleman's agreement that he won't play," Pulis added on City's website.