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Welcome Williams - Midfielder arrives in BS3

Bristol City can confirm the signing of Joe Williams from Wigan Athletic on a four-year contract.

The 23-year-old central midfielder is Dean Holden's first signing - as they prepare for the upcoming 2020/21 season - and joins for an undisclosed fee.

Williams was pictured around Ashton Gate wearing the purple and lime away kit for the 2020/21 campaign - designed in conjunction with the club's new technical partner hummel - featuring the club's new front of shirt sponsor MansionBet.

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City Chief Executive Officer Mark Ashton said: “We are thrilled to welcome Joe as our first signing of the transfer window. Joe is young, but he has Championship experience and he impressed us during the time we watched him at both Bolton and Wigan.

City Head Coach Dean Holden said: “Joe is going to form a big part of our squad and so I’m delighted to have this opportunity to work with him, especially as we fought off competition from a number of big clubs.

“Joe is a quality passer of the ball, he is physical too and he has a winning mentality that is so important.”

Williams (centre) is welcomed to City by Head Coach Holden (left) and CEO Ashton (right)

Williams, who can be deployed as a defensive midfielder, came through the Everton youth setup where he played alongside now City teammate Liam Walsh, before making his Championship debut while on season-long loan at Barnsley in 2017/18. He gained further second-tier experience by spending the 2018/19 campaign on loan at Bolton Wanderers, before he moved to Wigan in a permanent switch from Everton last summer.

He has one England youth cap, having represented the England Under-20s in 2016.

2019/20 Championship stats (*Transfermarkt):

  • Appearances: 38
  • Minutes played: 3010
  • Goals: 1
  • Assists: 4
  • Average passes per game: 38.9
  • Pass completion rate: 81.2%
  • Tackles: 70
  • Interceptions: 27

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