Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill said he is looking to bring experienced players in during the transfer window, the Bristol Post writes.
The Robins have preferred youngsters over experienced players in recent years, with former head coach Sean O’Driscoll encouraged to buy players under the age of 24. However, that policy resulted in the club flirting with the relegation for the most of the time last season.
Cotterill was brought in to steer the club away from the bottom of the table in December. And the youth recruitment approach was soon abandoned when the new boss brought the likes of Adam El-Abd, Nyron Nosworthy, Wade Elliott, Simon Gillett and Martin Paterson in.
“There was a craving to look at players who were 18-21 and then over the year they (the board) got used to taking in the 30-33-year-olds. We need a few middle of the roaders and that is alright if you bring in the right ones with enough mileage left in their legs,” Cotterill said.
“Now I want to be looking at a few 25, 26 and 27-year-olds. The reason I say that is because Bristol is a wonderful city, but when young boys come here and they find the nightlife and the restaurants and the bars and the clubs, it causes you a bit of a problem.
“I’d rather them be 25, 26 or 27 and married with two children. Then they can go home every night and have a nice dinner cooked for them and watch the TV. They come into training the next day and do exactly the same thing. Don’t get me wrong, we’d love to have some good young players coming in. But we’ve got young ones here already.”