New signigs will be key to improvements, and City have already made some progress, landing Kane Wilson, Kal Naismith and Mark Sykes.
But the Robins need more than their three freebies if they are serious about turning a 17th-place finish into a top-half effort.
With that in mind, we have rounded up all the latest news and transfer rumours concerning City and their Championship rivals.
Pack race hots up
City could face competition in their reported bid to bring Marlon Pack back to the club.
Pack is a free agent this summer after he was released by Cardiff City, and the Robins have been linked with a move.
According to The News, Portsmouth are now eyeing a move, with Shrewsbury Town also hoping to pull off the signing.
Elsewhere, Preston North End have been linked with a move for Robins striker Nahki Wells.
According to Bristol Live, the Lilywhites have enquired about the striker’s availibility this summer, but the Lancashire Post say there is no move imminent.
It’s added that Wells would have to take a wage cut to make the move to Preston, and that may dissuade him.
Bale back in Wales
Gareth Bale has been pictured visiting Cardiff City’s training facility on Wednesday.
The soon-to-be former Real Madrid star has been linked with a move to his hometown club this summer, and he is said to have met with Cardiff boss Steve Morison.
That’s according to WalesOnline, who also say Cardiff owner Vincent Tan is monitoring the situation closely, with Bale set to make his decision some time in the coming weeks.