Aaron Pierre, who has been offered a new contract with Wycombe Wanderers, is to undergo a trial with Sky Bet Championship side Bristol City. The 24-year-old centre back is one of the highest-rated players in the lower leagues, and has so far left his contract offer unsigned as he keeps his options open.
Chairboys boss Gareth Ainsworth offered Pierre an improved extension to try and keep him at Adams Park. He has previously described him as ‘the best centre half in League Two’. Nevertheless, he still believes he can cut the mustard at a higher level, and will get the chance to impress Lee Johnson in a friendly clash with Guernsey tomorrow.
News of this trial comes shortly after Wycombe confirmed the signing of another centre back, that being in the form of experienced defender Adam El-Abd. Ainsworth therefore looks to be planning for life without Pierre, who has played 149 times for the club.
Bristol City have confirmed their travelling party for the game, which includes summer signing Eros Pisano. Aden Flint, who has been heavily linked with a move away, shall also take part in the match at Footes Lane. Injury means that Lee Tomlin, another to have been linked with a move away, Gary O’Neil and Matty Taylor won’t be involved, whilst record signing Famara Diedhou, plus defenders Bailey Wright and Hordur Magnusson sit this one out. Frank Fielding will be saved for Sunday’s clash with Bristol Manor Farm.
Pierre came through the ranks at Brentford, where he made a handful of substitute appearances. It wasn’t until his move to Wycombe in 2014, initially on loan, where fans began to really see his potential. Bristol City now run the rule over him, as he looks to prove he has what it takes to play in the Sky Bet Championship.