‘Finally’ - Wade Elliott weighs in on Bristol City’s stunning facilities after first visit

Former Bristol City midfielder Wade Elliott has was blown away by the improvements behind the scenes at his old club.

<p>Elliott has paid City a visit with his Cheltenham side</p>

Elliott has paid City a visit with his Cheltenham side

Former Bristol City star Wade Elliott is delighted to see his old club maximising their potential off the pitch.

Elliott spent two years with the Robins during the final years of his career, initially joining on a loan spell in 2014 before spending a year as a permanent player.

The former Burnley star helped City win promotion back to the Championship by way of the League One title, and the Robins also won the Football League Trophy that year.

It was a double to remember for the Robins, and few players will be remembered so fondly for such a brief spell at the club.

These days, Elliott is in charge of Cheltenham Town, and he led his side against City in a pre-season friendly on Wednesday at the Robins High Performance Centre.

And speaking about the facilities, he said: “It's my first time here since the new buildings and the new pitch, Scott gave me a tour, and it's seriously impressive.

“I drive past here because I live five minutes away. I see it from the outside all the time, but this is my first time being in.

“It's really pleasing. I don't want to say I'm part of the family, I'm a sort of long, lost cousin, but they were talking about the training ground and the new stadium developments for years, so to finally see it come to fruition is really pleasing.”

BRISTOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Bristol City Joint Interim Manager Wade Elliott during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Middlesbrough at Ashton Gate on January 16, 2016 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

The former midfielder added: “I talked about the potential of the club for years and years. There have been big steps forward towards utilising it. It's pleasing for me.

“It was a five or six minute drive for me today.”

City went on to win 2-0 against their lower league visitors, with George Tanner and Tommy Conway on the scoresheet.

The Robins are next in action against Portsmouth next Tuesday.