Wade Elliott: Bristol City midfielder impatient for promotion

Wade Elliott
Elliott scored three goals in 19 appearances for City after joining on loan from Birmingham in January

Bristol City midfielder Wade Elliott has said he is determined to win promotion in his first full season at the League One club.

The 35-year-old has signed a permanent deal at Ashton Gate following a successful loan spell from Birmingham City last term.

He is now hoping to secure the third promotion of his career after going up with both Burnley and Bournemouth.

"I want it straight away," Elliott told BBC Radio Bristol.

"I can't plan for promotions two or three years down the line.

"I can't afford to look at long-term plans. For me it's about getting up and running as fast as we can.

"I'll be pestering the boys to get at it and have a right good go at next season."

Wade Elliott factfile
Born: 14 December 1978
Position: Midfield
Clubs: Bashley, Bournemouth, Burnley, Birmingham City, Bristol City
Career appearances: 664
Career goals: 78

Bristol City dropped down to the third tier last summer and were tipped to go straight back up to the Championship.

However, they struggled for early form under former boss Sean O'Driscoll and were sitting 22nd in the League One table when he was sacked in November.

Steve Cotterill was drafted in as manager and he led them to a 12th-place finish - with only one defeat in their last 13 games.

Cotterill has now started to build his squad for the forthcoming campaign, with Elliott arriving alongside Oldham's Korey Smith, Stevenage's Luke Freeman, Peterborough's Mark Little and former Crystal Palace striker Aaron Wilbraham.

And Elliott, who played under Cotterill at Burnley, can see the promise in the team.

"The first few days of pre-season have been so promising," he said.

"They've come back in great shape and they've got the bit between their teeth to really attack this season. Now we have to go and justify it on the pitch.

"The gaffer has signed people who want to go out and forge a career. This is a fantastic club for them to be at.

"If I was a 23 or 24-year-old and I pitched up here, I'd want to get stuck into it and be part of what they're trying to build."

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