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Posted Friday, June 28th 2019

'Johnson a big influence on my decision’ – Szmodics

New City midfielder Sammie Szmodics has explained how Head Coach Lee Johnson was a major influence in his move to BS3.

Szmodics will complete his switch from Colchester United with the 23-year-old able to join the squad for their pre-season preparations.

He said it was a move he “couldn’t turn down” and is relishing the step up to the Sky Bet Championship, off the back of two successive season as Colchester’s top goalscorer.

Szmodics told bcfc.co.uk: “I can’t wait to get started! I’ve been in League One and League Two before, not the Championship but I can’t wait to show the Bristol City fans what they’ve signed and I can’t wait to get going.

“He (Johnson) was one of the main reasons I signed! There was talk with my agent, I had a number of phone calls with the gaffer and he was one of the main reasons I signed here.”

Szmodics made his U’s debut against City in September 2013, returning six years later to a transformed Ashton Gate Stadium.

“Fantastic” was how he described his new surroundings. “I made my debut here before the new stand was up. Having been shown around and walking out of the tunnel my first thought was how unbelievable the stadium is, it’s a big club and I’m excited to get going.

“I know how big the club is and it’s one of those where when the agent called, I couldn’t turn it down.”

The central attacking midfielder has agreed to sign a three-year contract with a further 12- month option from July 1st. Bristol City have paid an undisclosed compensation fee to Colchester United as Szmodics is under the age of 24.

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