Bristol City have confirmed the signing of Socceroos’ defender Bailey Wright from Championship rivals Preston North End.
Wright has signed a deal through to the end of the 2018/19 season, with the option for an extra year come the end of the deal.
And Bristol manager Lee Johnson was full of praise for his new signing after his arrival was announced.
“Bailey has a warrior spirit and represents a good signing for us,” he told the club’s official website.
“He’s 24 and has great Championship experience; he’s a tough, Australian international – he’s an old-fashioned stopper.
“Jamie McAllister (Under-23 coach) was with him at Preston and only had good things to say about him.”
Wright’s departure from Deepdale, sees him leave a club where he made 205 appearances, the last coming against Jackson Irvine’s Burton Albion earlier this week.
“The club had been attempting to discuss a new contract with the Australian international since last summer, but he had declined to enter into negotiations and indicated his desire to move on,” Preston said in a statement
“In the circumstances, the only option left to Preston North End was to allow Bailey to leave if an acceptable transfer fee could be agreed with another interested club and following discussions with the Robins a fee has been agreed.
“Preston North End would like to thank Bailey for his years of commitment and effort and wish him the very best for the future.”
The 24-year-old could be handed his debut this weekend when Rovers host Fleetwood Town at Ashton Gate.
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