Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is set to be a free agent in the summer after Bristol City take the decision not to renew his expiring contract.

Much change is due to happen at Ashton Gate following their promotion to the Championship, and Emmanuel-Thomas leaving has bought upon much interest for the forward, notable from Birmingham City.

Starting his career at Arsenal and staying with the Gunners for 13 years, Emmanuel-Thomas failed to hold down a place in Arsene Wenger’s side despite several cup appearances.

Highly-rated as a youngster, the former England U19 international was part of the Arsenal team that won the FA Youth Cup in 2008-09, as well as the Premier Academy League in the same year.

A move to Ipswich Town came about, where the pacey forward struggled for goals and scored just nine in his two seasons at Portman Road.

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In the summer of 2013, Bristol City acquired the services of the 24 year-old, and his first season with the Robins was one to remember; scoring 21 goals in 55 games.

Despite contributing 12 goals and eight assists this season, Emmanuel-Thomas has divided opinion due to his questionable work-rate, a quality which will have contributed to manager Steve Cotterill’s decision to let the attacker leave.

The striker all but confirmed his departure on Twitter, tweeting after the Walsall game: “What a fantastic day all round, love these boys to da max. Going to miss them”

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