Tuesday, January 12nd, 2016
Bristol City have agreed the loan signing of Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell until the end of the season.
The 27-year-old will link up with the squad in time for tonight’s Sky Bet Championship match against Preston North End (7.45pm).
Manager Steve Cotterill has acted quickly after number one Frank Fielding hobbled off with a rib injury at West Brom on Saturday, leaving just 19-year-old debutant Max O’Leary between the sticks.
Cotterill said: “We know all about Richard from his games against us last season, the away game at Walsall in the league and then the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final at Wembley. He wasn’t involved in the 8-2 defeat, otherwise I’m sure he would have got some stick from our lads when he arrived!
“He joined us for training yesterday so he’s had some time with the rest of the team. He’s a goalkeeper who can play, which is important to us, and he’s also a down-to-earth guy, so will fit in well with our group of players.
“He’s joined us until the end of the season and we’ll see where we go from there. In the meantime we need to get Frankie fit as soon as possible.”
O’Donnell is an experienced keeper, with 199 appearances to his name for a variety of clubs.
While at Sheffield Wednesday he enjoyed loan spells with York City, Rotherham United, Oldham Athletic, Grimsby Town and Macclesfield Town.
In 2012 he joined Chesterfield and played 20 games on loan at Stockport County, before moving to Walsall permanently a year later.
He was a regular for the Saddlers for two years and faced City in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final. By the time City hit eight goals past Walsall on the opening day, O’Donnell’s contract was poised to expire and he was left on the sidelines ahead of a move to Wigan Athletic.
Jussi Jaaskelainen’s form at the DW Stadium has meant O’Donnell has been a substitute in recent weeks, but now the goalkeeper will relish the chance to help out at Ashton Gate.
O’Donnell will wear squad number 12.