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No City deal for Pierre

Aaron Pierre’s trial at City has ended without the offer of a contract.

The 24-year-old defender spent a week at the Failand training ground and featured in two pre-season friendlies for the Robins.

Whilst head coach Lee Johnson liked what he saw, ultimately the club’s strength in depth in central defence put paid to any chance of the former Wycombe Wanderers man being offered a deal.

Johnson told BCTV: “We haven’t taken it any further, but I have to say he did very, very well.

“He’s an excellent player and an excellent lad, but when we sat down in the cold light of day we looked at the fact we’ve got four centre-halves in Jens (Hegeler), (Hordur) Magnusson, (Aden) Flinty and Bailey Wright.

“Behind that we’ve got three young players who can all play there in Zak Vyner, Taylor Moore and Lloyd Kelly, who have shown up really well in pre-season.

“We just didn’t feel there was a path there to the first team early enough for what he (Pierre) would want.

“But we’ll definitely keep an eye on him, because he’s a great lad who gives you that balance with the left foot and someone is going to get a great signing.”