Cody McDonald ready to take on his former side when Gills play Coventry City on their return to the Ricoh Arena in front of the Sky TV cameras on Friday evening

Cody McDonald says he is looking forward to playing his former club on Friday evening when the Gills take on Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena.

The striker spent two seasons with the Sky Blues and scored eight times in 48 appearances in all competitions, although an injury early on his career at the club reduced his chances of first team football.

The 28-year-old, who has recently returned from an ankle injury sustained in the opening defeat to MK Dons, says he is ready to go again and believes the squad will approach the fixture full of confidence.

Speaking after the 1-0 win over Stevenage he said: “I’m looking forward to it, it’s a place I know quite well and it will be nice to go back there. If we perform like we have over the last couple of games there is no reason why we can’t get a result.

“It’s a nice place to play Football, it will be a great atmosphere and it’s on Sky so we’ll see how it goes.

“I enjoyed it there but there came a time where it was time to move and everything happens for a reason. Hopefully we can put in a good performance on their return to the Ricoh.

“We’ll be going into the game full of confidence.”

As for progressing in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, Cody says the side will be taking it seriously in full knowledge that a trip to Wembley is a possibility.

He said: “It was a good performance and a good win; it was always going to be tough going down to 10 men. They are a physical side and they went a big longer late on but the lads dealt with it brilliantly.

“For such a young team they stuck together well.

“Our name is in the hat now for the next round, Wembley is at the end of the road so if we win a couple more rounds you can start to get excited but we just take each game as it comes.”