Bristol City have announced on Twitter that the have signed Luke Ayling on a three year deal.
The 22 year old defender was out of contract, this summer, and Yeovil chose not to renew his contract. It was revealed, on Twitter, that he had put pen to paper and decided to play football at Ashton Gate this season. Steve Cotterill told City’s website: “Luke is a great signing for the football club. He’s another exciting young player and we’ve got him for an excellent fee.” It seems that Cotterill is very happy that Ayling decided to play for City.
Ayling started at the Arsenal academy. He was part of the youth team’s 2009 cup and league double win. Then he signed a professional contract for the Gunners, but didn’t play in the following season. In 2010, he went on loan to Huish park for the second half of the season. A good loan spell, prompted a permanent move to Huish park in the summer of 2010. He has played 185 games for Yeovil since then, but his deal ended this summer and Yeovil chose not to renew it. He has now signed the three year contract at Ashton Gate.
He was a regular starter at Huish Park, and was a major part of their set-up. He went to Wembley with Yeovil, and was part of the play-off winning side that got them promoted to the Championship. However it seems that relegation has hit Yeovil hard financially and they are having to make room in the budget. He could make his début for City as early as tomorrow, when they play Weston-super-mere in a pre-season friendly. But it seems that he will be a big part for Cotterill’s side, for this season, that starts with a trip to Bramall lane where they play Sheffield United.