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Sky Bet League 1 key transfer: Luke Freeman to Bristol City

2 July 2014

One of the most eye-catching signings in Sky Bet League 1 so far has been Bristol City's capture of Stevenage forward Luke Freeman.

City have reportedly paid a six-figure fee for the 22-year-old, who in 2007 became the youngest player to appear in the FA Cup when he made his Gillingham debut aged just 15 years and 233 days.

Last season he was the shining light in a Stevenage side that was relegated out of Sky Bet League 1, scoring against the Robins at the Lamex Stadium in April.

Overall he made 120 appearances for Boro, netting 16 goals.

He attracted the attention of some Sky Bet Championship clubs in January and Bristol City's capture of him underlines their ambitions in Sky Bet League 1 this season.

After signing for the Ashton Gate club, Freeman told the Bristol Post: "I played against Bristol City last season and the two games made a real impression on me. That's why I've chosen to come here.

"I was impressed by the team and the ability of the players and I definitely didn't think twice about coming here."

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill has also secured the services of experienced midfielder Wade Elliot from Birmingham City, pacey full-back Mark Little from Peterborough United and Oldham Athletic's Korey Smith, in what has been an impressive close-season of recruitment so far.

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