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Posted Monday, June 18th 2018

Watkins agrees City switch

City have completed the signing of Marley Watkins from Norwich City for an undisclosed fee.
The Wales international has penned a three-year contract at Ashton Gate to become the club’s first signing of the summer transfer window.
 
Watkins has made more than 300 appearances in a career which has seen him rise up the ranks from League Two to the Sky Bet Championship.
 
Now the 27-year-old now links up with Lee Johnson for the second time, after City’s head coach initially signed him at Barnsley.
 
“Having worked with Marley before, I know he will add to our front foot and pressing style of play,” Johnson told bcfc.co.uk.
 
“His work rate is superb, he’s exactly the kind of player who we want at the club and we welcome him to the Bristol City family.”

THE FIRST PICTURES

Watkins’ career began at Cheltenham Town, before an initial loan move to Bath City became a permanent switch in 2011.
 
A season at Hereford followed before a transfer to Scotland, where the striker helped Inverness Caledonian Thistle to fifth and third place in the Scottish Championship rankings. He also lifted the Scottish Cup in 2015.
 
Watkins then tasted League One play-off success and lifted the Football League Trophy in his first season at Barnsley before moving to Carrow Road, where he featured 27 times in the 2017/18 campaign.
 
He made his international debut for Wales last November, during a 1-1 draw with Panama.
 

Watkins will join up with the rest of his new teammates when they report back for the start of pre-season.

WATCH: THE FIRST INTERVIEW

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