Bristol City lose young star on transfer deal with ‘real ability’ to Lee Johnson

Bristol City have been forced to say goodbye to one of their young talents, who has decided to link up with his father.

Johnson’s Hibs have snapped up a City talentJohnson’s Hibs have snapped up a City talent
Johnson’s Hibs have snapped up a City talent

Bristol City have lost one of their young stars, with Reuben McAllister departing for pastures new.

The 16-year-old had impressed for the Robins in their youth ranks, debuting for the under-23s side at the age of 15.

But he has decided to leave to make the move to Scotland, with City receiving an undisclosed fee as part of the deal.

McAllister’s move will see him link up with his father, Jamie, who is the assistant manager of the Hibs senior team, working under former City boss Lee Johnson, who is the current manager.

Though, the youngster will initially link up with the Scottish club’s development side.

Hibs academy director Steve Kean said of the signing: “Bringing a player of Reuben’s ability is a real coup for Hibernian FC. We beat off a lot of competition from top English Premier League sides to bring him here.

“He’s a left-footed creative midfielder who has a real ability on the ball; he can see a pass and loves opening up defences. Alongside that, he’s not afraid to put his foot in and to win the ball back.

“Our games’ programme will help him with the transition from youth football to men’s football. Some weeks he will face elite youth players, then the next he will face senior pros. These experiences will stretch him, and push on his overall development as a player.

“He is a real talent and someone we’re really excited to work with and welcome to Hibernian FC.”

City confirmed the news with a brief statement, wishing the youngster the best for his future.

The Robins pointed to the family connection in that statement, suggesting it was a key factor in McAllister’s decision to make the move to Scotland.

The youngster has signed a three-year deal with Hibernian to remain in place until at least 2025.