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James Crawley

James Crawley writes

Posted Thursday, August 9th 2018

All the best Joe

Bristol City today sent their best wishes to Joe Bryan following his transfer to Fulham for an undisclosed fee.

The left-back has agreed a four-year contract at Craven Cottage.

And although disappointed to see the 24-year-old leave BS3, which has been his footballing home since the age of eight, the Robins have given him a warm send-off.

City head coach Lee Johnson said: “After 16 years it’s going to be strange not having  Joe Bryan at Bristol City.

“Like Bobby Reid, Joe is a credit, not only to himself, but to every coach and member of staff who played a part in his development.

“I am sure City fans will be gutted to see him go but they should be happy that he was another one of their own who has come through our Academy and now has the opportunity to play in the Premier League.”

Bryan made his first team debut as an 18-year-old in the 3-2 win over Leicester City in March 2012, going on to make 230 appearances.

After a loan spell at Plymouth Argyle, Bryan scored his first goal for City in the Bristol derby victory in September 2013, the last of his 22 goals coming against Sheffield United in May 2018 and the unforgettable opener in a historic 2-1 win against Manchester United in the 2017/2018 Carabao Cup quarter-final.

But it was also off the pitch where Bryan will be remembered.

An ambassador for the Children’s Hospice South West, he regularly attended Bristol City Community Trust’s programmes, as well as helping to fund work on local football team Pomphrey Hill’s pitches and supporting a self-employed amateur footballer with physiotherapy treatment following a leg fracture.

Everyone at Bristol City and Ashton Gate wishes Joe all the best for the future.

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