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Bristol City confident of keeping ex-Leeds United striker

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Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill is confident Fulham will agree to extend the loan of in-form striker Matt Smith, reports BBC Sport.

Bristol City are hoping to keep hold of Matt Smith

Bristol City are hoping to keep hold of Matt Smith

The 25-year-old, who has been on loan at Ashton Gate since November, scored all four of City’s goals in their 2-4 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy victory at Gillingham on Tuesday night.

“We’re really pleased we’ve got him,” Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol.

“We would like him to stay for as long as possible.

“I’ve spoken to Kit about Matt and I don’t think anything has changed.

“He was fifth or sixth choice at Fulham when he came to us and I don’t see him getting in their side ahead of the likes of Hugo Rodallega and Ross McCormack.

“Matt was magnificent tonight and he’s enjoying his football with us. I’d love for him to stay beyond the end of January and I’m confident that can still happen.”

Smith, whose loan deal at the Robins expires on 25 January, admits he would like to stay at the club for the time being.

“The goals have given me confidence and you just want to keep playing,” said the fomer Leeds United and Oldham Athletic striker.

“I’m really enjoying it here and everyone has been fantastic since I signed. I’m keen to stay but Fulham are my employers so first and foremost I want to do well for them.

“To an extent it’s out of my hands but we’ll wait and see.”

City sit second in the Sky Bet League One table, level on points with leaders Swindon Town. They play hosts to Notts County at Ashton Gate on Saturday.


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