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King comes home to Ashton Gate

Andy King has signed a one-year contract with City – the club he has supported since he was a boy.

The midfielder, who was a free agent and had been training with the squad in pre-season has now been awarded a 12-month contract, with an additional one-year option, as Nigel Pearson prepares his squad for the 2021/22 campaign.

WATCH: ANDY KING'S FIRST INTERVIEW

King and Pearson are reunited after the manager and player worked together at Leicester City and he told Robins TV: “I’m absolutely buzzing to be here, I can’t wait to get stared. The hard work has started already but it’s been good, I’ve loved it.

“As soon as I saw Nigel had the job, I wanted to call him. My family are all Bristol City supporters, I grew up a supporter and I have memories watching play-off finals, the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final and going to games, so as soon as I saw the manager come here, I thought I’d love to play for him again.

“We had great success in the past, we know about each other, so I thought it would be the perfect fit and hopefully we can do the same again this season.”

King started out in Chelsea’s Academy system before joining Leicester City as a teenager. He progressed through the youth ranks there before making his first-team debut in 2007.

He helped Leicester win the League One, Championship and top flight titles between 2009-2016, making him the only player to win the top three divisions with the same club in the Premier League era, whilst helping the club compete in the UEFA Champions League.

King scored 62 goals in 379 appearances for the Foxes, while he also spent loan spells at Swansea City, Derby County, Rangers and Huddersfield in the last few seasons. After his release from Leicester in the summer of 2020 he joined Belgian side OH Leuven.

The midfielder represented Wales on the international stage, helping his national side reach the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2016. He scored twice in 50 appearances for Wales.

King joins Matty James, whom he formed a partnership with at Leicester City, while Nathan Baker, Andi Weimann and Danny Simpson have also recently signed new deals to stay with City.

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