BREAKING NEWS: Nottingham Forest winger Paul Anderson signs for Bristol City

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MELTON professional footballer Paul Anderson has this morning signed for Bristol City on a two-year contract.

The 24-year-old winger joined City on a free transfer after Nottingham Forest failed to offer him a new deal before his contract expired.

Several Championship clubs had expressed an interest in securing his services including Blackpool, Huddersfield, Hull City and Cardiff City, but Anderson was impressed by what Robins manager Derek McInnes had to offer at Ashton Gate.

Dad Phil said: “He really liked the area and what Derek McInnes had to say. He had several options, but Bristol City were the most proactive throughout. He felt this was the club that wanted him the most and their style of football will suit him.”

Anderson made around 120 appearances in four seasons with Forest, signing from Liverpool in 2008 after a successful season on loan at the City Ground. During his time Forest made the promotion play-offs in two successive seasons, but missed out in the semi-finals on both occasions.

Anderson will join City’s pre-season tour to Scotland before heading back to Bristol for a friendly with derby rivals Rovers ahead of the new campaign.

Ironically his first competitive league game in Bristol’s number 21 shirt could be a return to his former employers when City kick off their Championship season at Forest on Saturday, August 18.