Bristol City have signed Gary O’Neil from Norwich City on a free transfer as confirmed by the club website.
The 33-year-old midfielder was unable to stop the Canaries from being relegated to the Championship last season and they decided to release the veteran after the end of the season. But O’Neil will be making move to another Championship club that has dreams of promotion after penning a two year deal with Bristol City.
O’Neil will bring with him a vast amount of experience having made over 400 appearances since making his debut for Portsmouth back in 2000. After an eight year spell with Pompey where he helped them get promoted to the Premier League, he moved to Middlesbrough though like Norwich, couldn’t stop them being relegated from the top tier.
He then had spells with West Ham United and QPR before moving on to play for Norwich back in 2014. Like with Portsmouth, he helped them get promoted back to the Premier League though this time through the play offs.
After the signing of O’Neil, Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson said,
“Gary is a really good signing for us, who adds everything we need to our midfield.
“He’s very experienced, having won promotion from the Championship on four occasions. He may have just turned 33, but he’s still fully mobile and very fit.
“He’s a really good decision maker who can be a coach’s eyes and ears on the pitch, whilst also adding value to our younger players by helping us to manage games tactically – both in and out of possession.
“It’s important for us to get the balance right between youth and experience, and he’s a fantastic character to have around the club. I’m thoroughly looking forward to working with him.”