Marley Watkins seals Bristol City transfer
PUBLISHED: 20:34 15 June 2018 | UPDATED: 21:01 15 June 2018
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Welsh international Marley Watkins has completed his move to Championship rivals Bristol City.
City confirmed the move on Friday evening for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £1m, after reports earlier on Friday he was undergoing a medical at the Robins.
Watkins has signed a three year deal and links up again with Lee Johnson, after the duo worked together previously at Barnsley.
The 27-year-old endured a frustrating debut season for the Canaries following his free transfer arrival 12 months ago, scoring once in 27 appearances for City.
Norwich sold Josh Murphy to Cardiff earlier this week but have already brought in Emi Buendia, while Onel Hernandez and Yanic Wildshut are also wide players at Daniel Farke’s disposal.
“Really delighted with the move,” Watkins told the Robins’ official site. “Massive club and a club going in the right direction so it is great to be a part of it. There is a great team spirit here and I am looking forward to being a part of that.
“I can go away now and get some work done and look to impress when I get here. I am ambitious. This is a club that wants to get to the Premier League. They play a style that is more suited to my game than at Norwich. They play a more exciting brand of football, more attacking.
“The manager here knows my strengths and weaknesses. I am delighted to be on board with him.
“I have lived in Bristol before when I was playing for Bath a long time ago. My brother went to university here, it is a great city. That is another positive to add to the move.
“I just want to work my heart out for the team and the city and chip in with assists and goals. I want to hit the box but if I have to do a job for the team, maybe track an attacking full back, then I will do that. Whatever the team needs. It is all about the team.”
Bristol City were keen on the attacking midfielder last summer among a clutch of Championship suitors, and Johnson is delighted to finally get his man.
“Having worked with Marley before, I know he will add to our front foot and pressing style of play,” Johnson told his club’s official site.
“His work rate is superb, he’s exactly the kind of player who we want at the club and we welcome him to the Bristol City family.”