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James Crawley


Posted Thursday, September 12th 2019

‘I’ve become a man here’ – O’Dowda

Callum O’Dowda has explained how he has developed as a person as well as a footballer during his time at City, as he gets ready for more action in BS3.

The 24-year-old winger has signed a three-year contract extension, with the option of a further 12 months.

O’Dowda is pleased to have committed his future to the Robins as he looks forward to seeing what he and the squad can do, with promotion being the Republic of Ireland internationals aim.

“I’m really happy to have signed a long-term deal with Bristol City,” O’Dowda told the club website. “I know it took a long time but I’ve always wanted to stay here and I just needed to make sure it was right for both myself and the football club.

“The reason for me signing was because of the club’s intentions. Looking at the players we have brought in, though I know we have lost a few key individuals as well, but we have added to those areas and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can bring this season.

“I’m happy with how we’ve started and it can only get better now.”

And he had his Head Coach Lee Johnson to thank for being key to his development in recent years as he outlined his ambitions with City.

O'Dowda said: “With Lee Johnson, he has helped me massively. That transition from League Two to the Championship, and consistently doing it on a regular basis in the Championship is still something I was trying to do now, but I feel as though I was a boy then and now I’m a man.

“I’m looking forward to stepping on now and the main aim is to get promotion.”

Since signing from Oxford United in 2016, O’Dowda has scored seven goals and notched nine assists with the Robins.