Bristol City have completed the signing of highly-rated Oxford United winger Callum O’Dowda. The Republic of Ireland international has made the move for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-year contract at Ashton Gate.
The 21-year-old jumps up into the Championship having earned promotion with Oxford out of League Two last season. He won his first Ireland cap in a friendly against Belarus prior to Euro 2016.
O’Dowda should make his Robins debut in their weekend friendly clash with Yeovil Town at Huish Park. Head Coach Lee Johnson believes he has signed an in-demand forward who is destined for a very, very bright future,
“He’s a real emerging talent. He’s very mobile, comfortable on the ball and hungry to improve. He’s got a great personality, which is conducive to having a very good career.
“Callum isn’t exactly under the radar because there was a lot of interest in him, so we’re delighted he’s joined us; we believe he can continue the progression he has already shown.
“I think if you asked him, he’d say he’s best cutting in from the right-hand side, but he can operate in a ball-carrying number ten role and is also an accomplished left-sided midfielder. I like being fluid and Callum offers us versatility.”
He has played over 80 times for Michael Appleton’s men over the last few seasons. His fine performances led to several scouts from higher leagues, including the Premier League, monitoring his progress.
Oxford chairman Daryl Eales said that the club couldn’t keep hold of the player because of his desire to play at a higher level. He expresses his disappointment of losing the player, but wish him the best for the future.