Coventry manager Adrian Boothroyd has said he is happy to talk to Marlon King when he is released from prison next week but insists there are no plans in place to offer the disgraced striker a contract.
King was jailed for 18 months last October for sexual assault and causing actual bodily harm to a woman in December 2008 but is due out in time for the new football season. His agent Tony Finnigan has claimed interest in his services is high, with Boothroyd, who managed King during the pair's time together at Watford, thought to be one of those mulling over a move.
Boothroyd, speaking to Adrian Durham and Darren Gough's Drive Time show on talkSPORT Radio 1089am, said: "People put two and two together and come up with the answer that he will be joining Coventry as soon as he gets out.
"Marlon's still in prison and I'm sure as soon as he does come out he may well give me a call. We may well have a chat but that's as far as it will go.
"I don't condone for a second what happened with Marlon since he left Watford but I know Marlon. I know Marlon King the dad, Marlon King the husband and Marlon King the footballer.
"I'm not going to just throw someone on the scrapheap just because he made a mistake, as grave a mistake as that might be."