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Bristol City bring in experienced ‘keeper Steele on free

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By Alex Beard

Bristol City have completed the signing of experienced goalkeeper Luke Steele on a free transfer after the expiration of his Panathinaikos contract.

The 32-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the option for a further year, and returns to English football for the first time since 2014.

Steele first emerged with Peterborough in 1999, and signed for Manchester United three years later. He failed to make a league appearance for the Red Devils and moved on to West Brom in 2006.

A productive loan spell with Barnsley in 2008 was enough for the Tykes to sign him permanently, and he enjoyed the most productive time of his career with the club before moving to Greece four years later. He made a total of 95 appearances in a three year span with the Greek heavyweights.

City boss Lee Johnson spoke to the club’s official website about the move: “We’ve looked at a lot of names, different types, different styles and ages for potential goalkeepers.

“Luke has plenty of Championship experience and has played in plenty of big games, including in Europe. He’s still young for a goalkeeper at 32 and is very mobile and agile.

“He provides excellent, healthy competition for Frank Fielding, who I have to say has been outstanding this season.”

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