Banner image

Under-23 loan players review

During the previous campaign City let many of their young players go and continue their development by going on loan.

Cameron Pring, Kodi Lyons-Foster and Jake Andrews all spent time in the Channel Islands with Guernsey FC, while Max O’Leary and Shawn McCoulsky made the shorter trip to Bath City, all in the hope of playing some ‘men’s football’.

Andrews bagged an impressive eight goals in eight games for the Green Lions before returning to City, earning himself a fans' favourite status within the Guernsey faithful. Three of his goals came from the penalty spot, while Pring and Lyons-Foster featured in more defensive roles for Guernsey.

After returning from Guernsey, Andrews went out to Chippenham Town to help them reach their promotion aspirations and make it to the National League South. He continued his rich vein of form and added to his goal tally, most notably scoring two in one game against Merthyr Town. Chippenham ended a hugely successful season 23 games unbeaten to land the title.

Meanwhile, McCoulsky was out at Bath City. His time at Twerton Park saw him take his tally for the season to 31 goals for all his clubs and earned him the nickname ‘McGoalsky’.

O’Leary was the first name on the teamsheet for Gary Owers after arriving at Bath, showing off his penalty-saving heroics time and time again.

The goalkeeper saved three consecutive penalties in his time with the Romans. He made his debut for City in a highly-anticipated FA Cup tie against West Brom last season and showed a very good account of himself at such a young age.

Vyner left Bristol City at the start of the season to join Accrington Stanley on loan until January. The defender played a total of 17 games for Stanley and the first-team experience led to him being deemed ready for City’s Championship team, making three appearances after his return in January. 

Diego De Girolamo left City for Cheltenham Town in January and made an instant impact, scoring a hat-trick on his debut.

He was joined by another new arrival at City, Tin Plavotic, who made the same loan switch in January. He made his professional debut in a 1-1 draw against Newport County. 

Jonny Smith joined City from Wrexham at the start of the season and went out on loan to Cheltenham early in the season. He made a total of five appearances to expand on his experience. 

Elsewhere, Connor Lemonheigh-Evans found himself plagued by injury, seeing one loan spell cut short at Bath City and then returning to the Romans at the tail end of the season without featuring.