Former Bristol City attacker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has signed for SPFL side Livingston, which has drawn an interesting reaction from many Robins fans.
The 29-year-old remains a well-loved figure at Ashton Gate after a fruitful two-year spell in Bs3.
Emmanuel-Thomas joined from Ipswich Town in 2013 and produced some dazzling displays for City, grabbing 33 goals and 20 assists in two seasons and helping them win the League One/EFL Trophy double in 2015.
He was released ahead of their return to the Championship, however, and has struggled to have the same sort of consistent success since, bouncing between EFL clubs before joining Thai side PTT Rayong in January 2019.
The Arsenal academy product, who can play across the forward line and as a number 10, has been a free agent since leaving Rayong last summer but his next step became clear yesterday.
Livingston announced on Wednesday that Emmanuel-Thomas had joined the club and signed a one-year deal, with a 12-month club option, subject to international clearance.
✍🏻| Livingston FC is delighted to announce the signing of English striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas on a one-year deal, with the club having an option of a second year, subject to international clearance.
— Livingston FC (@LiviFCOfficial) September 30, 2020
He takes up the number nine shirt that has been vacant since Lyndon Dykes moved to QPR earlier this summer.
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Emmanuel-Thomas clearly remains a popular figure at Ashton Gate and many City fans have taken to Twitter to voice their thoughts on his move.
Read their reaction here:
you’ve got a good one here lads
— Jay 🇱🇨🇩🇲🏴 (@jet10SZN) September 30, 2020
Livingston fans not even realising they’ve just signed God.
— Will C (@cidersuspect) September 30, 2020
Will always have time for him for his time at City. Technically a great player and had one hell of a strike on him, all the best @OfficialJET10 and please look after him Livingston
— Charlie (@CharlieN2001) September 30, 2020
Best striker in the world, that left-boot is deadly
— Jack Buchanan (@jackbuchanan172) September 30, 2020
— BCFC ETHAN (@BCFCEthan0) September 30, 2020
What a signing https://t.co/mX2bM96MZV
— Jack Phillips (@jackp_bcfc) September 30, 2020
— kory (@bcfckory) September 30, 2020
Love to see him absolutely tear it up. If he keeps his focus he is an unbelievably talented footballer, as skilful as anyone, a creator of chances & a brilliant finisher. Most flair players are lightweight, but JET is built like an American footballer without the padding.. https://t.co/AAcd5GJnqQ
— Graham Clapp (@gmc_63) September 30, 2020
Where can I buy a Livingston shirt https://t.co/4z1KDUpnwB
— James (@jbcfc__) September 30, 2020