Bristol City set to offer Matthew Bates deal until end of season
Bristol City look certain to offer Matthew Bates a short-term contract until the end of the season.
Robins head coach Sean O’Driscoll is short of defensive cover and has opened negotiations with Bates, who has been training with the Championship club since his contract expired in mid-January.
Given that injured defender Louis Carey is still not available, Bates could even feature in Saturday’s crucial home game against Barnsley.
O’Driscoll confirmed: “We’re in ongoing discussions with Matthew at the moment.
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“Ideally, if we can get a deal sorted until the end of the season that would suit everyone.
“You look at our defensive options at the moment, with Louis out, and think if we lost someone on the eve of a game, we’re going to be short.”
Bates, 26, suffered an illness just after his short-term contract had expired, which has delayed any deal.
“It’s been unfortunate for him; with (former boss) Derek (McInnes) going, I hadn’t seen him play and then he had the illness,” added O’Driscoll.
“He’s stuck with it and we’ll see what happens now.”
The central defender originally joined the Robins on November 17th following his release by Middlesbrough, making eight appearances.