Bristol City have signed Swindon Town defender Aden Flint for an undisclosed fee.
The 23-year-old has penned a four-year contract after agreeing terms and successfully passing a medical at Ashton Gate.
Head coach Sean O’Driscoll said : “I saw him play for Alfreton a while back, but in the last 18 months he’s improved immensely. I’ve seen him four or five times since then and he’s grown on me."
O’Driscoll sees Flint as the dominant figure City have arguably been missing since the departure of promotion-winner Jamie McCombe in 2010.
“The club has been looking for this type of player for a long time,” he added. “I think Aden was mooted even before I came here.
Last season Swindon reached the League One play-offs and Flint headed a stoppage time equaliser to send their semi-final tie at Brentford into extra time, only to lose in a heartbreaking penalty shoot-out.
Flint was an England C (non-league) international before his move to Swindon.