City have secured the signing of Wolves left-back Scott Golbourne for an undisclosed fee.
The 27-year-old was a product of City’s Academy and after a brief spell in the first team, left to join Reading ten years ago.
Following a host of loan spells and stints at Exeter City, Barnsley and Wolves, the Bristolian is now back at Ashton Gate.
A cousin of another former defender, Matthew Hill, Golbourne has penned a two-and-a-half-year contract after undergoing a medical at Failand.
“Scott is a Bristol lad and that’s important to us,” interim boss John Pemberton told bcfc.co.uk
“He’s a left-back. At the moment we’ve either got Joe Bryan, who’s more of an attacking force, or Derrick Williams, who is more of a defensive type. It’s about getting that balance in between.
“Scott has been here before, he’s athletic and someone we need for this football club.”
Golbourne was given his debut by Brian Tinnion away at Colchester United in February 2005, on the same day Cole Skuse made his first appearance for the club.
He made 15 appearances for the club, scoring once in a League Cup tie against Barnet.
In January 2006 he joined Reading for an undisclosed fee, but found chances limited at the Madejski Stadium, relying on loan moves to Wycombe Wanderers, Bournemouth and Oldham Athletic for regular football.
Golbourne switched to Exeter City in 2009 and went on to make in excess of 100 appearances for the Devon club.
He returned to the Championship with Barnsley in 2012 and remained in the second tier when Wolves paid £700,000 for his services the following summer.
Golbourne has been handed squad number 13 and goes straight into the squad for Saturday’s home clash with Birmingham City (3pm).