Bristol City boss Sean O'Driscoll is hoping to sign Brian Howard next week
Sean O'Driscoll tonight confirmed he is looking to sign Brian Howard to help in Bristol City's on-going fight for Championship survival.
Former Sheffield United and Reading midfielder Howard has spent the past week training with City and is a free agent after being released by League One strugglers Portsmouth in January.
City's head coach will watch Howard in action for the under-21s against Millwall at Ashton Gate on Tuesday before making a final decision. And if the 31-year-old proves he had recovered from a recent hernia operation and personal terms can be agreed, he will become O'Driscoll's second signing since he took over four weeks ago.
Speaking immediately after today's 2-0 home win over Nottingham Forest, City's head coach confirmed: "Brian has trained really well and we will play him in the under-21s on Tuesday to see where his fitness is at.
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"I tried to sign him when I was at Crawley, but they were not a sufficiently attractive proposition for him.
"He has just had a hernia operation and is a little behind with his fitness, but he has trained all week and will play on Tuesday.
"I'm not looking for reasons not to sign him, but I have to do my due diligence.
"If I'm going to do this for every player, then I cannot make any exceptions.
"He has played in the Championship and, personality-wise, there are no problems. If I think he can be an asset, then I'll sign him. He will be a good addition for us."
Howard started the season at Portsmouth and remained at Fratton Park on month-to-month deals until his contract was cancelled last month.
O'Driscoll reflected: "Like a lot of players at Portsmouth, Brian has been unfortunate.
"But the fact he has had his contract terminated, means he is a free agent and we can sign him."