Bristol City exit as ‘loads’ of summer transfers ruled out

All the latest Bristol City and Championship transfer news and rumours as Nigel Pearson looks to strengthen his squad and trim the edges.

Bristol City are now back for pre-season training ahead of the new campaign.

For the majority of the Robins, holidays have now drawn to a close, with Nigel Pearson now in the process of getting his men fit and firing over the coming weeks.

City’s new faces have been involved in the pre-season training, with Kal Naismith, Mark Sykes and Kane Wilson all snapped up this summer.

More new signings are expected, too, with the Robins desperate to improve on their disappointing season of last.

And as the efforts continue around the scenes, we have rounded up all the latest news and transfer rumours surrounding City and their Championship rivals.

Cundy exit

Bristol City have offloaded Robbie Cundy after three years and four loan spells for the defender.

Cundy has joined Barnsley on a two-year deal, rejecting the chance to stay at Ashton Gate after making just 13 Championship appearances for the Robins.

The centre-back will now try his luck in League One as Barnsley look to secure promotion back to the second tier at the first time of asking.

Explaining his reasons why he left the club, he said in an interview: “It's about getting game-time for me now, at my age, so hopefully I get that and we can get this club back to where it belongs, which is the Championship. "Personally it's to just play as much as I can.

Consistency in football is key if you want to keep your levels high so for me it's just playing game time. "Obviously I played Barnsley when I was at Bristol.

“The stadium, the facilities are lovely, I've played here at Oakwell before and when I spoke to the CEO he sold the club to me, his ambition and his plans, I just wanted to be a part of it.

I had two years in non-league, and that toughened me up as a centre half. I feel privileged to be where I am today, but I don't forget where I came from."

Watford plans

Watford new boss Rob Edwards has ruled out signing a large number of players this summer.

The Hornets are plotting their way back to the top tier following relegation, but they are not going to spend their way back.

“We are not frantically running around, scrambling around, thinking we’ve got to bring in loads of players,” Edwards told BBC Three Counties Radio.

“There’s a lot of quality here but we are working on one or two targets.”

Boro snap up defender

Middlesbrough have confirmed the signing of Blackburn Rovers star Darragh Lenihan.

Lenihan was Rovers’ club captain, but he has moved on after rejecting a new deal at Ewood Park ahead of next season.

The 28-year-old has now signed a four-year deal with Middlesbrough as the Teesside club look to mount a promotion bid in the coming campaign.