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Last Updated: Saturday, 2 August, 2003, 09:33 GMT 10:33 UK
Wilkshire joins Bristol City
Middlesbrough winger Luke Wilkshire
Luke Wilkshire is now a City player
Bristol City have signed winger Luke Wilkshire from Middlesbrough for 250,000.

The Australian under-23 international has agreed a three-year deal at Ashton Gate.

Wilkshire will replace Scott Murray, who joined Reading earlier in the summer.

He is hoping the switch to Bristol City will bring him regular first-team football and boost his chances of getting into the Australia under-23 side at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Wilkshire told the club's official website: "It was always going to be difficult to break into the full national squad while at Middlesbrough, simply because I needed to play regular first-team football.

"At 21, I am at the stage in my career when I need to play week-in, week-out and I simply wasn't going to get that at Middlesbrough.

"I spoke to a lot of people about Bristol, the area and the club, and they and they all said the same that it is a big club with massive potential."


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