The Bristol Post has reported that a chance meeting between City boss Steve Cotterill and striker Aaron Wilbraham led to the player transferring to The Robins weeks later.
Wilbraham became City’s fifth signing of the summer, signing a one-year deal with the club after completing a medical.
Cotterill revealed that the transfer may not have happened if he hadn’t happened to bump into Wilbraham when they were both staying at the same hotel in Dubai.
“It was a chance meeting and certainly not something I’d planned… I had a couple of planned meetings with people I wanted to meet, but they were agents. I bumped into Aaron because we were staying in the same hotel on holiday and sussed him out there and then. I was able to find out a little bit about him and I always made sure I had an eye on him.” Cotterill said.
The manager liked how the striker kept fit at the gym and how he presented himself to hotel staff and guests alike and was persuaded enough to offer a meeting to discuss a bid when the pair returned from holiday.
Cotterill will no doubt hope that the new man will re-discover his scoring form with Sam Baldock, with whom he formed a strong forward partnership for the MK Dons between 2005 and 2011. This partnership would return a combined eighty three goals in two hundred and eighty appearances.
The thirty-four year old new addition will add to The Robin’s already formidable strike force. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas found the net twenty-one times for City last season and Baldock adding twenty-six goals to mark an impressing total.
“Aaron had a fantastic relationship and understanding with Sam. One is a physical presence and the other is sharp and gets on the end of things. But that doesn’t mean they are going to play up front together all the time. There is Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and I can see how playing alongside Aaron will benefit him too in certain games.” Cotterill said.