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Dowling agrees new City deal

George Dowling has put pen to paper on a new contract at Ashton Gate.

The Bristolian midfielder has agreed a deal that will keep him in BS3 until the summer of 2019, with a further year’s option.

Head coach Lee Johnson told the club website: “We’re delighted that George has agreed a new contract at the club and I look forward to helping him continue to develop in the future.”

Dowling, 19, is currently on loan at non-league Torquay United until January.

“I’m enjoying the chance to play regular football,” Dowling told bcfc.co.uk. “There’s a big difference between playing Under-23 football and men’s football, where points are at stake and every game matters.

“With regards to the new contract, I’m absolutely thrilled to have signed the deal. I’ve been with the club since the age of six and I’ve already had a taste of first-team football.

“When you look at the progress of Joe Bryan, Bobby Reid, Zak Vyner and Lloyd Kelly, it shows there is clear pathway for the younger lads through to the first team.

“I want to continue performing well for Torquay and then it’s a case of seeing what happens in January; whether there’s a chance for me back at Ashton Gate, or maybe extend the deal with Torquay or look at another loan.”

Bedminster-born Dowling made his first-team debut in March 2017, coming on as a substitute in City’s 4-0 win over Huddersfield Town at Ashton Gate. He also featured against QPR on the final day of last season.

This season he has made seven appearances for the Gulls in the National League, scoring once.