Bristol City manager Nigel Pearson has explained why the Robins have handed a new long-term deal to forward Andi Weimann.
The West Country outfit confirmed on Tuesday that the 29-year-old has agreed a fresh three-year contract with the Robins with Stoke City and Birmingham City also reported to have been interested in the utility attacker.
Bristol Live understands that the late offer of a three-year contract was pivotal in tying down the striker at Ashton Gate, and City can now build with Weimann on board following the release of some 11 players at the end of last season.
Unfortunately Weimann missed much of the 2020/21 campaign following an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his knee, but he is now back to full fitness and having been training up at the Failand training ground for some time under the watchful eyes of Pearson, all looks good for the new campaign.
Pearson confirmed that there had been interest from elsewhere as he gave his reaction to the news.
“We are delighted Andi has signed a new deal, especially as there was interest from other clubs,” the City manager said.
“He was unfortunate to sustain such a significant injury last season, but he has worked extremely hard on his rehab to get back to full fitness and he deserves this.
“He is an experienced professional, we know what he offers to the team and his aggressive, dynamic style of play is exactly what I want in players. I am looking forward to working with him again.”
Since signing for the Robins in 2018, Weimann has featured 101 times in all competitions, netting 21 goals – scoring twice in seven appearances last campaign.
He has previously played for Aston Villa, Watford, Derby County and Wolves too. Weimann’s versatility will certainly be an asset for Pearson and the senior forward made 43 appearances, predominantly in a wide-position at Derby County, where he scored five goals. Last season he played behind a front two in a 3-5-2 system.
The Robins – as reported previously – are also hopeful of tying up full-back Danny Simpson to a new contract in the coming days as the squad is assembled for the 2021/22 campaign, and ahead of the club making moves in the transfer market.