Wednesday, April 13rd, 2016
Bristol City FC has rewarded Academy graduates Bobby Reid and Wes Burns by triggering one-year contract extensions for the pair.
Reid, 23, and Burns, 21, have both played their part in the 2015/16 campaign. Reid has come to the fore in the latter half of the season, while Burns netted a crucial stoppage-time winner at home to Middlesbrough before joining Fleetwood Town on loan.
In 11 appearances for the Cod Army, Burns has grabbed five goals to boost their Sky Bet League One survival hopes. He has also been a regular for Wales Under-21s, as well as receiving a first-ever call-up for the full squad as they sealed qualification for this year’s European Championships in France.
Reid scored in Saturday’s 4-1 demolition of Sheffield Wednesday and is relishing life under Lee Johnson, the head coach who previously signed the midfielder on loan whilst in charge of Oldham Athletic back in March 2013.
City boss Johnson said: “Bobby has been fantastic and of course he’s still a work in progress, but I’m delighted to be able to continue assisting his development into next season.
“It’s been a brilliant exercise for Wes to go to Fleetwood. Every time I’ve watched their highlights he’s either scoring or assisting goals and he deserves another year.
“It’s important we get value from our Academy; as well as Bobby and Wes, we’ve got Joe Bryan, Zak Vyner and Max O’Leary who have played for the first team this season.”
Reid said: “I’m delighted to secure an extension to my contract and it’s great to be working with the gaffer again. I’m positive about the future and what it holds for me.”
Burns commented: “I’m thrilled to have secured a new deal at Bristol City. I’m thoroughly enjoying the experience at Fleetwood right now and hopefully I can take my good form back to Ashton Gate for next season.”
Reid made his debut in May 2011 and is currently the club’s longest-serving player with 66 outings to his name and three goals, while Burns made his first-team bow in January 2013 and has made 55 appearances, scoring five times.