Heat on for City
Bristol City have signed goalkeeper Tom Heaton on a free transfer following his departure from npower Championship rivals Cardiff.
Heaton, who turned down the offer of a new contract at Cardiff, has put pen to paper on a one-year deal with the Robins with the option of a further 12 months.
The 26-year-old former Manchester United trainee travelled with the City squad on their recent trip to Spain and manager Derek McInnes is happy to have added Heaton to his ranks.
"We have been in discussions with him and his agent for a long time, always keeping an eye on his situation," McInnes told the club's official website. "We've had various potential goalkeepers on our list and it seemed like Tom had agreed a deal elsewhere.
"In the end, he agreed to come on trial with us and the time he spent in Spain with Nigel Spink (goalkeeping coach) has shown his potential. He is a good age and a good talker, as well as being mature and very confident.
"He left Cardiff in the summer for all the right reasons; he wanted to play games and felt, had he stayed, he would again be playing second fiddle to David Marshall. His arrival means we now have Tom and Dean Gerken challenging for the number one spot. Both are excellent goalkeepers and it can only benefit both players and the club in the long term."