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Ayling Deserves Warm Reception - Pemberton

Luke Ayling is deserving of a great reception when he returns to Ashton Gate tomorrow, says first team coach John Pemberton.

The right-back moved to Leeds United in August after a successful two years at Ashton Gate and will head back to BS3 for the first time on Tuesday evening.

Ayling – nicknamed Bill – was the only ever-present outfield player in City’s 2014/15 double-winning campaign.

Pemberton told Bristol City Player HD: “Bill was great for us, on and off the pitch. He was always smiling, he’s a great lad and I do miss him around the place.

“He was a big part of a successful period for the club. It was the right time for him and the club when he joined Leeds. He’s got a new challenge now.

“I hope he gets a good reception and knowing the Bristol City fans like I do, I‘m sure they will give him a warm welcome on his return.”

Pemberton’s words were echoed by right-back Mark Little.

“He’s a great guy and we’ve kept in touch,” Little said. “It would take a fickle person not to recognise the great time he had at the club.

“I’m not sure whether we’ll exchange messages in the build-up to the game; I might just turn my phone off! It will be good to see him again.”

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