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Bristol City sign Ipswich Town striker Jon Stead


Stead swayed by Millen's desire

Bristol City have signed striker Jon Stead from fellow Championship side Ipswich Town on a three-year-deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old was involved in Ipswich's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday but passed a medical at Ashton Gate on Monday.

Stead told BBC Radio Bristol: "I'm 27, I've been around a lot of clubs.

"It's time for me to settle down now and make sure I'm playing week in, week out - that's what I'll be focused on."

He added: "I need to make sure I am a bit more consistent, I think I'll get the chance here so it's down to me to make sure I take it."

The ex-England Under-21 international could make his debut against his former club when they visit City on Saturday.

When Keith (Millen) rang and stressed how much he'd like me at the club it made it quite an easy decision in the end

Jon Stead

"I was disappointed to be taken out of the team at times, I felt it was a bit harsh but at the same time I've been very critical of what I've been doing as well," Stead continued.

"It's easy to go pointing fingers and say, 'I never got a chance', but I think I've got to do the right things and if I do that week in and week out I'm a decent player," he added.

Bristol City have been chasing Stead for several weeks now and it had seemed the departure of Steve Coppell from Ashton Gate would scupper any deal.

But the striker is happy they kept their interest in him.

"I took my time and obviously things changed with the manager and I wondered whether that'd be it finished," he said.


"But when Keith (Millen) rang and stressed how much he'd like me at the club it made it quite an easy decision in the end," he said.

Stead has Premier League experience with spells at both Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland.

Ipswich boss Roy Keane told BBC Radio Suffolk: "There's been a lot of speculation about him the last three or four weeks, he's agreed a deal with Bristol and good luck to him.

"We've needed him the last few weeks when we've been short.

"I'm disappointed to lose him but for us to bring in one or two we have to let one or two go."

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