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Posted Friday, June 28th 2019

Bentley completes Robins move

City have completed the signing of goalkeeper Daniel Bentley from Brentford for an undisclosed fee.

The shot-stopper will link up with his new Robins teammates from July 1st, having agreed a four-year deal.

Basildon-born Bentley, 25, signed for the Arsenal Academy as a child before making a name for himself at Southend United and he subsequently moved to Griffin Park in 2016.

Bristol City Chief Executive Officer Mark Ashton said: “Dan is a player we have been tracking for some time and we are delighted to have signed him. Understandably a lot of clubs were very keen on him but we were very determined to secure his services.

“Dan is very tuned in to the Bristol City philosophy and what we are trying to achieve here and our fans should be very excited about his arrival.”

Bentley won promotion with Southend in the 2014/15 season, helping them reach League One via a heroic penalty shootout performance at Wembley.

It was a season of accolades for the keeper who was awarded the Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the year, Community Player of the Year, PFA Team of the Year League Two awards. In February of that season he received the Football League Young Player of the Month and in 2018 he received the London Football Awards London Goalkeeper of the Year award.

Bentley becomes City’s fourth signing of the summer after the arrivals of Robbie Cundy, Jay Dasilva and Sammie Szmodics.

The 2019/20 goalkeeper kit, as modelled by Bentley in home (lime and green) and away (pink and purple) colours, will be available in due course for pre-order with pricing, sizing and sale dates to be announced.

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