David James signs for Bristol City
Friday 30 July 2010
David James opted for the chance to play first-team football over remaining in the Barclays Premier League in making the surprise move to Bristol City.
The England goalkeeper, who will celebrate his 40th birthday on Sunday, has signed a one-year contract at Ashton Gate with the option of a second year.
James has been expected to find a new club all summer following Portsmouth's relegation from the Premier League last season.
He recently pulled out of transfer talks with Celtic, while Sunderland boss Steve Bruce also expressed an interest in signing him.
However, James has dropped down to the npower Championship to join the Robins and turned his back on top-flight football in a move that could spell the end of his international career.
It remains to be seen whether he will get the chance to add to his 53 England caps but James, who lives in the West Country in Exeter, clearly has revised priorities as he approaches the end of his career.
"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," said James.
"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."
James will be paraded at Ashton Gate tomorrow prior to City's pre-season friendly against Blackpool.
Chairman Steve Lansdown was delighted to pull off such a major coup for the club.
He said: "I'm delighted David James has agreed to sign today. 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."
Latest in Sport
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 Licence fee: What is the BBC charge – and how will the changes affect you?
- 3 This is what the photographer has to say about the picture of a weasel riding a woodpecker
- 4 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 5 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'