Nigel Pearson has secured his second signing of the summer at Bristol City with the arrival of Andy King on a free transfer, with the experienced midfielder signing a 12-month contract with the option of a further year.
King has been training with the Robins for the past few weeks following his release by Belgian side OH Leuven and joins former Leicester City teammate Matty James in BS3.
The 32-year-old Wales international is a vastly experienced professional, having made 414 career appearances and was most recently in the Championship with Huddersfield across the 2019/20 season.
Although raised in Berkshire, the move to City is something of a homecoming for King having grown up in a fanatical Robins supporting family.
“I’m absolutely buzzing to be here, I can’t wait to get stared. The hard work has started already but it’s been good, I’ve loved it,” King said.
“As soon as I saw Nigel had the job, I wanted to call him. My family are all Bristol City supporters, I grew up a supporter and I have memories watching play-off finals, the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final and going to games, so as soon as I saw the manager come here, I thought I’d love to play for him again.
“We had great success in the past, we know about each other, so I thought it would be the perfect fit and hopefully we can do the same again this season.”
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King’s addition to the squad continues the Leicester playbook that Pearson appears to be referencing with James, full-back Danny Simpson and head of medical performance Dave Rennie all prominent figures with the Foxes.
King was a regular under Pearson during his two spells at Leicester, with the midfielder first breaking into the first-team through the academy in 2008 and then, during the manager’s second stint from 2011-2015, was an established player.
It also continues a busy two weeks at Ashton Gate with the renewals of Simpson and Andi Weimann’s contract, the re-signing of centre-back Nathan Baker and Matty James joining the club.
As reported on Thursday, Bristol Live understands that a deal to bring Oxford United centre-back Rob Atkinson to the West Country is increasingly close.