Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill has lauded long-time target Luke Ayling’s ability and say’s he was attracted to make a bid by the players’ versatility.
The Bristol Post reports that the player has excelled in numerous positions during his career, first a midfielder at Arsenal’s Academy then he became a right-back at Yeovil Town (where he also filled in as a centre back).
It was his ability to play in multiple positions which caused Cotterill’s interest in the player.
Commenting after Ayling had passed a medical and penned a three-year deal, Cotterill confirmed: “He’s a very versatile player and, therefore, offers us competition and cover in a variety of positions. We’re working towards a smaller squad this season, so we need that versatility.”
He added: “Luke’s a good lad and he’s fitted in well already. It’s a great signing for the football club. He’s another exciting young player and we’ve got him for an excellent fee. He was instrumental in Yeovil’s promotion from League One and did very well in the Championship last season, winning a raft of awards.
As reported by Football League World and The Bristol Post itself, Yeovil and City have agreed a settlement for the 22 year old this weekend, with Brendan Moloney moving in the other direction as a direct replacement.
It’s understood that City will pay the Glovers an undisclosed six-figure fee with Ayling likely to make his debut in tomorrow’s pre-season friendly against Weston-super-Mare at the Woodspring Stadium. Moloney is thought to be making his debut for Yeovil tomorrow night in their friendly with Frome Town.