Bristol City have today confirmed the signing of youngster Josh Brownhill from Preston North End, BBC Sport have confirmed.
The midfielder has joined the club on a two-year deal and is the first addition to Lee Johnson’s side as he looks to start his first transfer window at the club with a flurry of transfers.
Brownhill, who is already an established midfielder in the Championship having played a number of fixtures for Preston last season.
The 20-year old then spent time on loan with recently promoted side Barsnley, who he will now face during the upcoming season.
Known for his knowledge on and off the ball, Brownhill could be a bargain when he joins at the expiry of his contract on June 30th and will definitely give Johnson options when it comes to his midfield.
The Bristol City boss is not expected to finish there, with Johnson said to be looking at a quartet of signings to star his summer off with a bang.
A report from the Bristol Post is claiming that Johnson is eyeing four more payers to bolster his squad within the coming weeks.
Two other players who are set to leave on free transfers and are being courted by Johnson are Colchester’s attacking midfielder Alex Gilbey and former player Adam Hammill.
Hammill joined Johnson at Barnsley last summer and has had a fantastic season at Oakwell, scoring a wonder-goal in the club’s playoff final 3-1 win. He is now out of contract and may be tempted to join up with his former boss Johnson at Ashton Gate.
Johnson is also said to be interested in signing another former player, Alfie Mawson. The 22-year old centre back has been a highlight for the club in their promotion season and a bid of around £500k could be enough to snare him away.
The final player is none other than Lee Tomlin, who had an impressive loan spell at Ashton Gate during the last few months of the season.
Tomlin scored 6 goals in 18 appearances including a fantastic freekick at Fulham that secured safety from relegation for the club last season.
Signing the talented number 10 could be the icing on the cake for most City fans, who started to love the attacking menace during his loan spell.