Championship club Bristol City snap Gambian youngster

English Championship club Bristol City have secured the services of Gambian striker Saikou Janneh who joins the club’s academy, Gambia Sports can report.

The 18-year-old striker put pen to paper on a deal after he impressed on trial while at the Ashton Gate club.

“It feels great to sign on here,” Janneh said in an interview with the club’s official website.

“I didn’t think I would make it but I have been working hard. I have always worked hard. I trialled here originally and I wasn’t ready then but I continued to improve in Bath and I had the chance to show myself with another trial at Bristol City and now I believe I know what to do.”

Janneh, who moved to England at the age of 13 and scored against Barnsley in the Under-23’s final league game of the season, added his sights are firmly on cementing a future place in the City first team.

He continued: “I’ll be joining the U23s, who I have made my debut for already and I have also scored for them so I am looking forward to next season already!”

“Then my aim is to break into the first team and stay there and I hope one day that will lead to the Premier League.”

Bristol City academy manager Gary Probert said: “Since he has been here, Saikou has shown a determined, exemplary attitude. He has that correct mindset of working hard and we look forward to working with him.”

The Gambian has previously played for Bath College, Clevedon Town and Cadbury Heath before being offered a three-month trial at Bristol.