Bristol City striker Wes Burns has penned a new two-year contract with the Championship club. He was then immediately sent out on a season-long loan to Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen.
The 21-year-old joined the club as a 16-year-old from Cardiff City. He has since gone on to make mostly substitute appearances for the club, only starting three league games since 2013. He has enjoyed several loan spells away from Ashton Gate.
He had a productive spell with Fleetwood Town last season, scoring five goals to help the Cod Army avoid relegation into League Two. The Welsh Under-21 international also trained with the senior squad ahead of Euro 2016, but didn’t make the final 23-man squad.
Burns, whose new deal also has an option for a 12-month extension, is delighted to extend his stay and believes he’ll benefit from a move North of the Border,
“I’m delighted to have committed myself for the next two years, hopefully three, to Bristol City.
“The loan to Aberdeen allows me to play regularly, which is something I need, and against some top clubs like Celtic and Rangers in front of 50,000 people, as well as in Europe.
“I’ve spoken to the gaffer in pre-season and he says he’s already seen an improvement after the Fleetwood loan at the end of the last campaign. I’m hoping the Aberdeen move can help me even more.”
Head Coach Lee Johnson says Burns is very much part of the long-term project with the Championship club,
“The loan spell at Fleetwood was important and I’ve seen Wes come back this summer with a gravitas of a decent player.
“He’s signed a contract that commits his long-term future to the club. We believe in him and he’s our player – it’s important people know that.
“He still has some career progression to become an established Championship player, in my opinion. He’ll now get the chance to play for a massive club like Aberdeen.”