Elliott excited by Bristol City's form
MARVIN Elliott insists Bristol City fans should be upbeat about their team's prospects in the npower Championship this season.
Back from long-term injury and on target in Saturday's 2-2 draw at Watford, the midfield powerhouse has played his part in City's best start to a campaign since 2008.
And the Londoner believes a Robins squad packed full of exciting new signings has the quality required to consign two seasons of struggle to the dustbin of history.
The Robins have taken ten points from their opening seven games to establish themselves in the top half of the table and Elliott cannot wait for Saturday's mouthwatering clash with Leeds United at Ashton Gate.
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He said: "There is a new sense of optimism about the place this season.
"It was hard when we were struggling at the wrong end of the table, but now we look forward to every game.
"I'm excited about what is happening here and I think the fans should feel the same way."
Elliott's new-found optimism is based upon Derek McInnes's achievements in the transfer market. The Scot recruited eight players during the summer and the squad is stronger, more flexible and better balanced than those presided over by previous City managers. Elliott said: "There have been lots of new arrivals and they have brought a lot of new qualities with them.
"It means we have better training sessions and everything we do is more competitive than it used to be.
"Given the new additions the manager made in the summer, I feel we have that little bit extra all round this season.
"We are a better team now and it's all about Bristol City having a better season than the last two.
"I look around at this squad and I think to myself 'I'm really looking forward to the rest of the season."
Elliott cut a frustrated figure after a ruptured Achilles tendon forced him to watch the final two months of last season from the stands.
But he made his first Championship start since mid-February at Peterborough last week, retained his place at Watford and looks set to have an extended run in the side now that Cole Skuse is himself sidelined by injury.
Elliott said: "When you come back from a long-term injury like the one I had, you really do appreciate what you have.
"You appreciate just being able to train on a Monday morning, let alone playing on a Saturday.
"I've only played two games in seven months and I felt tired towards the end of the games at Watford and Peterborough, but that is only natural after so long out.
"I feel pretty fit considering and I'm really enjoying being able to play again."
Meanwhile, City fans can meet Sam Baldock, Jody Morris, Louis Carey, James Wilson and Dean Gerken at the club's megastore at Ashton Gate today between 4-6pm.