Burnley midfielder Josh Brownhill has sent a message to former teammate Andreas Weimann, who signed a new three-year deal at Bristol City despite his anterior cruciate ligament injury last season.
29-year-old Weimann spent the majority of the 2020/21 campaign on the sidelines with this injury, after being mostly available for the Robins since his arrival from Derby County in 2018.
With his previous deal expiring this summer, Bristol City fans and interested clubs wondered whether Weimann would even receive a new deal, let alone accept it. However, the Austrian’s three-year extension was announced earlier today and the forward took to Instagram this afternoon to share his delight. Pictured with his new deal in front of him, the 29-year-old said: “Thank you so much for all the nice messages.
“I’m so happy that I get to stay at Bristol City for at least another three years.
“From the moment I have joined the club, I have loved every minute of it and I can’t wait to get started again and put last season behind me.
“Can’t wait to see you all back at Ashton Gate hopefully very soon.”
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Several players congratulated Weimann on his new contract, including former teammates Joe Bryan, Korey Smith, Marlon Pack and Aden Flint. Another one of Weimann’s old Bristol City teammates also wished him well, with current Burnley midfielder Josh Brownhill saying: “Congratulations mate”.
Brownhill, 25, left Ashton Gate 18 months ago to sign for Burnley on a four-and-a-half-year contract, with a fee in the region of £9m being agreed between the two sides.
Although Brownhill is now a regular starter for Sean Dyche’s side in the Premier League, there must be a part of the 25-year-old that misses his old colleagues in Bristol.
And despite spending his early career at Preston North End, Bristol City is the club where the central midfielder made his mark, ultimately earning himself a move to the Premier League.
Between Weimann’s arrival and Brownhill’s departure, the pair spent 18 months playing regularly as a partnership and achieved an eighth place second tier finish in their only full season together.
With Bristol City declining since then, supporters at Ashton Gate are longing for those days of Brownhill and Weimann. But only the latter will now have any influence on where the Championship side finish next season.