Bristol City and Harry Cornick a match made in heaven as he makes Premier League promise

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It’s all worked out for Bristol City and their newest addition

It was always meant to be for Bristol City and Harry Cornick, and in a romantic sense, you could say that it was a match made in heaven.

Cornick joined from Championship rivals Luton Town on deadline day for an undisclosed fee. He had been a transfer target that was considered for the summer but the sale of Antoine Semenyo allowed the Robins to speed up their plans.

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The 27-year-old may not have arrived at Ashton Gate with the same excitement as Anis Mehmeti, who has been hyped up no end since joining from Wycombe Wanderers, but he is still a valuable addition. City needed more forward options given Semenyo’s departure and then Chris Martin’s move to QPR.

Cornick has been in the Championship for the last three seasons and has scored 22 goals in that time. He’s still yet to hit the back of the net in the red of Bristol, but that will come when he gets an increased role in the side or a slice of luck. His move to the West Country has been made easier by the fact he’s already experienced a bit of what the city has to offer him.

Harry’s partner Ashleigh is from Bristol, and her family is made up of supporters of the club, which has made that settling-in period a slight bit easier. He had come up against City before during their clashes in the Championship, and having his former teammate Kal Naismith around is a plus,

"My missus is actually from Bristol, I’ve been with her about 18 months now," he revealed. I got with her and then she moved up to Luton with me, lived with me for three months, and then got the call from Bristol. I said you’re moving back home, pack your bags we’re going back to Bristol.

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"She was obviously delighted. I’ve been on a few dates with her in Bristol over the last year, so I’ve seen the city a little bit and now I’m moving here, I get to see a bit more of it which is lovely because it’s a lovely place to live. It’s got lots of fun things to do here and I’m excited to keep this journey going."

It wasn’t just the idea of moving back to his partner’s home city that had an influence in Cornick moving from Kenilworth Road to Bristol City. At Luton, they were chasing a play-off spot and are on course to do in a seamless transition from Nathan Jones to Rob Edwards.

Luton are currently sixth, whilst City are 15th with nine points separating the two sides, but whilst this unbeaten run is ongoing, a late play-off push cannot be ruled out. To outsiders, joining a team that are not fully in the play-off picture could be seen as a backward step, but Cornick doesn’t see it like that, as he believes that Bristol will taste Premier League football in the not too distant future.

He said: "It was nothing to do with it the fact she was from Bristol but it was the project Bristol City have along with the management and player here that made me excited to join this journey.

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"To get this club where it should be which I think is the Premier League whether that be this year, next year, or whenever it is. This will be a Premier League club I believe in the next few years.

“For me, personally now, it’s about getting numbers on the board and getting more goals and assists and to try and get the end product of playing well, which will be good for me personally.

"But it’s also about being a good character around the changing room and helping other people improve because once you get a good team spirit going, you get a lot of people buying into the same goal; we all have the same end goal at this club to get into the Premier League, whether that’s this year - if we get to the playoffs, which is a long shot - but if we do it next season, it’s about building relationships between each other to know that’s our end goal and we’re all going to help each other to get there.”

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