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FOOTBALL: Lee Tomlin signs for Bristol City

Operations Manager Mark Ashton, New signing Lee Tomlin and Head Coach Lee Johnson at Ashton Gate today Credit: Bristol City FC

Lee Tomlin has signed a three-year contract to complete a switch from Premier League side AFC Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee.

He spent part of last season at Ashton Gate on loan - scoring six goals in 18 appearances

From the day the season finished I just wanted to come back.

I loved every minute of my loan spell at Bristol City; the people and the fans.

It was stressful at times this summer but I was just so desperate to come here. I can’t thank Steve Lansdown, Mark Ashton and the gaffer enough for making it happen.

It feels like a big weight off my shoulders now that it’s done. Hopefully I can start where I left off from last season.

– Lee Tomlin
Lee Tomlin in action for City against Hull in April Credit: PA

Head coach Lee Johnson says the club is delighted to welcome Lee back to Ashton Gate.

I believe we’ve signed the most talented player at Championship level in terms of ability. He was fantastic for us last season and I believe his best football is ahead of him.

– Lee Johnson, Head Coach, Bristol City
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Bristol Council City Director to leave her role

Nicola Yates is to quit her £160,000 a year job as City Director at Bristol City Council.

The authority's top officer is leaving after being criticised for earning an additional £18,000 last year for her role in Bristol's European Green Capital.

The city's Lib Dem group called on Ms Yates to repay the additional money.

She also came under fire after presiding over the slowest election counts in the UK for this year's local elections when she was chief returning officer, earning further additional salary for the role.

She will leave her City Director post at the end of July.

It has been an absolute privilege to serve the city during the past three years and I leave with a huge sense of pride in what has been achieved during that period, both within the local authority and for the citizens of Bristol.

– Nicola Yates OBE

The council said it will now be making interim arrangements whilst it recruits for a permanent post holder over the coming months.

I am grateful for Nicola’s contributions to Bristol and wish her well for the future.

She has brought the council a long way in a relatively short time, leaving it with strong governance and a high profile at home and abroad.

– Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol


City bring in Stoke's Odemwingie until end of season

Odemwingie has signed from Stoke until the end of the season Credit: Steve Paston/EMPICS Sport

Bristol City have completed the loan signing of Stoke City forward Peter Odemwingie for the remainder of the campaign.

The 34-year-old Nigerian international arrives in time to join up with the squad for Saturday's Championship match at Fulham.

I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring someone of Peter's quality in; he’ll provide us with experience and hopefully goals in one form or another.

– Lee Johnson, Head Coach

Odemwingie joined stoke in January 2014 and ended his first six-month period with five goals in 15 games but then missed the majority of 2014/15 due to a knee ligament injury.

After securing a further year’s contract in Staffordshire, Odemwingie has made eight appearances this season – albeit six of them from the substitutes bench.

He has been handed squad number 27 at City.

Football: Loss for City but Rovers secure another win

In football, it was a night of mixed emotions for Bristol's two clubs.

Credit: ITV West Country

In the Championship, City suffered their second straight defeat after conceding a late goal at Wolves. But it's 3 wins in a row for the Rovers in League Two after beating Wimbledon 3-1.

Jermaine Easter, Ollie Clarke and Matty Taylor were on-target at the Memorial Stadium.

Bristol City sign Sunderland player on loan

Bristol City have signed a new player from Sunderland.

Right-back Adam Matthews will be signed on loan from Sunderland until the end of the season.

Matthews was in Bristol for training this morning, and is expected to be in the squad for the Robin's game at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday.

N'Golo Kante (right) and Adam Matthews battle for the ball during a match between Sunderland and Leicester Credit: Paul Harding/PA

The 24-year-old joins from Sunderland until May 8th.

The 12-cap Wales international began his career across the Severn Bridge at Cardiff City, going on to make 48 appearances - scoring one goal.

People may think ‘why do we need another right-back?’ It’s a number of things really. We’re in the market for good players and that’s what Adam is.

He’s quick with good technique. The risk and reward with any loan is how quickly you can get the player up to speed and get them integrated to the group.

– Lee Johnson
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