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Matty James is a Robin

Matty James has joined City on a three-year deal.

The midfielder arrives in BS3 as a free agent after nine years at Leicester City.

And he has the ambition to match City’s Premier League target, telling Robins TV: “It was an easy decision. I’m very excited about moving forward with Bristol City and the ambition that they have is certainly something that brought me here. The drive and determination to move the team into the Premier League is going to be backed by myself.

“I’m so impressed by the facilities, the building (Robins High Performance Centre) and the set-up that Bristol City have got. I’m very excited for the challenge and moving forward.”

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James is reunited with former Foxes’ manager Nigel Pearson, adding: “Nigel’s not shied away from it. He’s said it is going to be challenge but at the end of the day that’s what life is about, about challenges and setting yourself goals and targets.

“Playing football with an ambition and drive is something that I want to do and with the gaffer - me knowing him and knowing what he’s about – I understand what he’s going to be looking for and what he wants to achieve. Hopefully we can achieve something that is quite special, and you don’t often get to do that in football. That’s (Premier League) certainly got to be a target, 100%.”

Twenty-nine-year-old James started his career with Manchester United before joining the Foxes in July 2012. He went on to make 115 appearances for Leicester, including helping them win the Championship title in 2013/14.

He has subsequently had two loan spells at Barnsley, in 2016/17 and last season, before finishing the campaign with Coventry City.

The midfielder featured 24 times for the Sky Blues in all competitions, scoring three goals and helped them to a 16th place finish in the Championship.

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