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Posted Tuesday, May 1st 2018

Ten offered new deals

City will hand new contracts to six players from their Under-23 group, while four Under-18s are being offered their first professional deals.

New deals have been offered to the following players:

Cameron Pring – A left-back who has spent a large part of this season on loan at Hereford FC, helping them clinch promotion from the Southern Premier Division.

Aden Baldwin – A central defender originally recruited from Forest Green Rovers. Has spent time on loan with Bath City and Weston-super-Mare, as well as captaining the Under-23s.

Aaron Parsons – Another centre-back who has most recently spent time on loan with Weston-super-Mare.

Tom Richards – Impressive midfielder who has been a mainstay for the Under-23s throughout 2017/18.

Connor Lemonheigh-Evans – Wales youth international who can operate in midfield or attack. He made his first team debut at Watford in January and most recently spent time on loan at Torquay United.

Jake Andrews – The attacker has enjoyed a prosperous loan spell at Cheltenham Town, having helped Chippenham Town to promotion last season.

Under-23s boss Luke Williams said: “The club’s policy is to ensure that our younger players are playing as much as possible, whether that be with the Under-23s or elsewhere on loan.

“Most of the squad have played 40-plus matches this season, which can only benefit their development.

“We’ve had players making first team debuts this season and we’ve also seen Under-18s and Under-16s playing Under-23 football.

“All of the players offered new contracts are aware that nothing has been achieved yet; this is an opportunity for them to progress their careers with us.”

From the Under-18s group, the following players will be offered professional terms:

James Carey – Bristol-born goalkeeper who is good with the ball at his feet, quick and agile around the goal.

Jayden Ali – Technically comfortable and competent in a number of positions. Originally from Newport, the defender has shown real commitment to earn his professional deal.

Chris Turner-Williams – Quick and mobile tenacious one-v-one defender who has worked hard on his game this year.

Ricardo Rees – A quick and tricky wide player who enjoys attacking his opponent and has really bought into the programme to earn his pro contract.

Trevor Challis, the club’s Under-18 coach, commented: “We congratulate all the boys who worked hard this year to earn professional contracts, but we have also reminded them all that the hard work starts now.”

The club would like to wish the following players all the very best of luck in their future endeavours as they depart Ashton Gate this summer:

Kel Akpobire, Ashley Harper, Cameron Allen, Denis Begović, Jack Turner, Josh Mortimore, Harry Smith.

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