Sky Bet Championship side Bristol City are poised to complete their first signing of deadline day, according to the Derry Journal. This will come in the form of Derry City midfielder Rory Holden, who flew over to Bristol earlier today to compete a move.

Lee Johnson had already invited 20-year-old Holden for two separate trials in recent times, and clearly he has done enough to impress. The fee for the deal could eventually rise to £150,000, which includes various potential add-on clauses as well.

Derry manager Kenny Shiels has expressed his sadness at losing the player, but accepts that he is a player destined for bigger and better things,

“One of my first games as Derry City manager was an Under-19 game and I identified Rory straight away as a player who I would be expecting to push his way into my first team plans.

“I felt next season was going to be his real break through year for us but while I’m disappointed we have lost him, I feel it’s a good deal all around for both Derry City and Rory.

“He’s a lovely lad, who has always worked hard and I know he has the right attitude to do well at Bristol.”

There has yet to be any official confirmation from the English side regarding this deal, but it is likely to become public knowledge well in advance of tonight’s 11pm transfer deadline. Johnson is said to be busy looking for other players to add to his squad too, whilst there is also the chance of departures as well.


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