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James Completes Ashton Gate Move

Bristol City have announced the signing of England goalkeeper David James after he successfully passed a medical at Ashton Gate today.

The 39-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the option of extending his stay by another twelve months at the end of the season.

Speaking to the club website, James said: "I've had offers to stay in the Premier League but it is more important that I play football - which I love - for the right club and be a family man.

"I had a long conversation with the chairman Steve Lansdown yesterday and I liked what he said about the club and his ambition. I know all about the plans for a new stadium and desire to win promotion to the Premier League.

"The club is ambitious and that's what I am. The south west has not had a club in the Premier League and that needs to change."

Lansdown himself could not contain his delight at managing to attract such a big name to the club.

"I`m delighted David James has agreed to sign today," Lansdown said.

"My ambition is for this football club to play at the highest level - the Premier League - and in the best surroundings, hence the work on the training ground and new stadium.

"We need good quality players to make that happen and that`s why I`m thrilled that David has agreed to come on board."

James played three of England's four games at the recent World Cup in South Africa but left Portsmouth last month following their relegation from the Premier League.

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Writer: Andy999 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 30 2010

Time: 4:06PM

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Complete waste of time, money and effort. He is a has been and at 39 should be thinking of jacking it in not ripping City off
City Casual
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30/07/2010 16:13:00

James is still a good keeper and will do well
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30/07/2010 16:45:00

Good move for both parties I would say.
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30/07/2010 17:24:00

Good on Jamo and good luck Bristol! What now for Gerken?!
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30/07/2010 22:39:00

Unbelievable signing for us. He could easily do a good job for 3/4's of the teams in the Prem and to think we haven't broke our age structure for him either! Happy days.
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31/07/2010 13:39:00

Waste of money in my eyes
Tiny T
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31/07/2010 14:14:00

Will he put bums on seats? for a couple of weeks yes, they when he shows himelf for the true over rated buffoon that he is, they will soon go again
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31/07/2010 15:16:00

Look at the bigger picture, we've got Hartley off the wage bill and replaced him with James for one-year. He's not on massive wages, like many think, and he'll raise the profile of the club, hopefully in terms of getting more good players in, and in putting bums on seats. Despite his age, he hasn't lost it and was one of only a few England players to come out of the WC with any credit. This is win-win for us IMHO...
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31/07/2010 17:03:00

Yes I was thinking what a creditable bloke he was when the fourth went in for Germany.
City Casual
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01/08/2010 10:06:00

City casual, your efforts would be better put into football violence than talking about it because you obviously know nothing. Signing James has massively raised the profile of this club
sam bulge
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01/08/2010 10:12:00

Good move lads
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01/08/2010 15:05:00

city casual is obviously a tw*t. jamo is still fantastic, and the 10 donkeys in front of him for those four germans goals had a fair bit to do with the garbage served up at the world cup. wish him well, we would have kept him till he was 49
Super Bock 1898
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01/08/2010 22:44:00

sometimes i hold my head in sheer dis belief at some of the things i read on here. We just signed a keeper that player for our country a few weeks ago as one of the younger keepers drop a bo***ck......and we have people on here saying a waste of money.......look at what the pompy fans say.......he is still a great keeper even at his age......are you all in cookoo land or what.......he cost us jack even if we payed him 2million over a year thats still a cheap signing......let alone the rasing of the club profile.......i.e new signings sponsorship......bums on seats and all the knock on effects.......and i for one think he will be a head and shoulders above any keeper in the divsion.........would any player in the division want to take a penalty against him for one......please guys if you dont see this as probably the best deal the club has ever made you must have lost a grip on reality.........
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03/08/2010 12:53:00

@citymylife - don't put us all under that blanket. There's only 3 people on here that think that, one of which we know as a City fan.
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03/08/2010 17:20:00

yes im sure you are right tins i just find it hard to understand what more the club could do on the goal keeping can you slag off the best keeper in england.........according to the people that know i.e mr cappelo ( not sure if i spelt that correctly)........and the england squad who all wanted him there if reports are to be belivied.....
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