Bristol City have signed Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell on a two and a half year deal according to The Bristol Post.

The Robins have sealed the signing of the 27 year old on a free transfer although it is understood that Wigan Athletic will be entitled to fees in the future should the goalkeeper’s performances trigger certain clauses in his contract.

O’Donnell signed for City on a short term loan deal last month as the club looked to solve a goalkeeping crisis at Ashton Gate and the keeper has impressed Interim Manager John Pemberton enough to be handed a long term deal at the club.

Bristol City had five players on loan with the club including O’Donnell prior to his permanent move. A club is only permitted to name five loanees in a match day squad therefore the club are now able to add a further loanee if required as a result of O’Donnell’s move being made permanent.

The goalkeeper joined Wigan Athletic from Walsall last summer after impressing Latics Manager Gary Caldwell with a number of excellent performances for The Saddlers but has struggled to nail down a First Team starting place at The DW Stadium resulting in his initial loan move to Bristol City last month.

The signing of O’Donnell may not be City’s last business of the transfer window with the club still understood to be chasing a midfielder and striker.

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