Bristol City sign Brian Howard in time for clash with Cardiff City
Bristol City FC have completed the signing of Brian Howard until the end of the season.
The 30-year-old has been training with City for the past ten days and joins on a free transfer.
Head coach Sean O'Driscoll said: "He's got npower Championship experience and is technically very good.
"Brian was available and financially fits into the model going forwards. His personality will add something positive to the group."
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Winchester-born Howard began his professional career at Swindon Town in 2003, having been released by Southampton's Academy.
With the Wiltshire club he scored ten times in 83 outings. His impressive form caught the eye of Barnsley, where he enjoyed huge success in a three-year spell.
He was a key part of the Tykes' play-off winning team in 2005/06, achieving promotion to the Championship and was named the club's Player of the Year the following season.
In 2008, then-boss Simon Davey made him club captain. His last-minute strike notably knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup at Anfield in February 2008, and in the same cup run Chelsea were beaten at Oakwell en route to the semi-finals.
He then signed for Sheffield United, making his debut against City in a 3-0 defeat for the Robins at Bramall Lane.
He then joined Reading for £500,000 with James Harper going the other way on loan.
After two seasons at the Madejski Stadium, where he was briefly captain, he went to Millwall on loan in 2011. In the summer of 2012 he joined Portsmouth and was made captain, but the financial problems at Fratton Park saw him being released along with a number of other players last month.
The midfielder has been handed squad number 11 and goes straight into the squad for tomorrow's match at Cardiff City.