The summer transfer is now well underway, and as ever, any number of players are being linked with any number of clubs.
One rumours that has recently emerged has seen Championship side Bristol City linked with Andrew Redmayne from Syndey FC, according to The Australian Daily Telegraph.
This is one of the more unexpected links of the summer transfer window, so we’ve taken a more in depth look at it in our latest six-point opinion piece.
Firstly, who is Andrew Redmayne?
“A 30-year-old goalkeeper, Redmayne has spent his entire career to date in the Australian A-League.
“His most recent transfer saw him join Sydney FC from Western Sydney Wanderers in 2017, with Redmayne going on to make 79 appearances in all competitions for the Sky Blues.”
What are his credentials like?
“Not bad to be fair.
“Redmayne has won the Australian championship on four occasions, most recently this season, when he gained some notoriety after dancing on the goal line as he made two saves in Sydney’s 4-1 victory over Perth Glory in the A-League Grand Final.”
How confident should Bristol City be about securing this signing?
“Pretty confident you would think.
“Although the fact that he has a year remaining on his contract with Sydney means the Robins would have to pay a fee for the 30-year-old, you would imagine it will be one they can afford.
“They also have an early connection with the goalkeeper, who recently made his international debut for Australia playing behind a defence that included current Robins defender Bailey Wright.”
Would he want to come to Ashton Gate?
“It is hard to know.
“Redmayne is clearly doing pretty well for himself in Australia, and moving to the other side of the World for what may only be a few years of his career given his age would be a big decision to make.
“Even so, playing for a club with ambitions to reach the biggest league in the World, the Premier League, sooner rather than later, maybe too good an opportunity to turn down for the experienced stopper.”
Will he get in the starting XI at Ashton Gate?
“He may not be a regular starter.
“According to The Bristol Post, The Robins are looking for an alternative to Niki Maenpaa and Max O’Leary following their impressive performances last season.
“That would suggest that Redmayne is unlikely to start to the season as number one, but Redmayne could be a reliable alternative when called upon.”
Finally, what does this say about Bristol City’s approach to the transfer window?
“It seems to suggest they are playing the window smartly.
“There is no need to break the bank for a second choice ‘keeper, and will allow them to still have enough funds to strengthen in other areas of the squad that may need it more.
“This, therefore, should give them plenty of confidence about their future dealings in the coming weeks.”