Bristol City sign former Arsenal player who once cost £200k aged 15

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Bristol City have signed Luke Freeman from Stevanage on a three-year-deal.

When Stevenage were relegated from League One last season, attention turned to Luke Freeman and whether the club would be able to keep him.

Stevenage had taken up a 12-month extension on his contract after their relegation, but that hasn't stopped League One side Bristol City from coming in and signing the winger for an undisclosed fee.

Speaking to the official website Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill said "I’ve wanted to add a left-sided player to the squad and Luke can actually play in a variety of positions. He can play on the left, on the right and cut in, or play in a midfield three."

“In truth it’s probably going to take six to 12 months to work out his best position, but that’ll come by working with him in training."

Luke Freeman became the youngest ever player to play in the FA Cup when he made his professional debut whilst at Gillingham when he was just 15-years-old in November 2007. After two more appearances in the coming weeks he started to get noticed by Premier League clubs. He had trial periods at Arsenal, Newcastle United and West Ham United.

It was Arsenal who he would eventually sign for just two months after making his professional debut and The Gunners paid £200,000 to sign him. Freeman would never actually play for Arsenal however, and his next first-team match would come at Yeovil Town who he joined on a loan deal.

The next season he joined Stevenage on loan before signing permanently in January 2012. He went on to make 109 appearances in the league scoring 15 goals in the process. He had been attracting interest from the Championship but Bristol City have done well to secure his signature.

This signing comes shortly after The Robins announced the completed deals of Mark Little and Wade Elliot who joined on free transfers after leaving Peterborough United and Birmingham City respectively.


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