Bristol City have completed the signing of former Forest Green Rovers goalkeeper Lewis Thomas on a short-term contract, as confirmed via a statement on the club’s website.
The 26-year-old has joined the Championship side in a bid to provide competition and cover due to an injury within the camp and has signed ahead of the club’s weekend clash against Stoke City.
Who is Lewis Thomas?
The shot-stopper began his career with Championship rivals Swansea City before moving to League Two side Forest Green Rovers in 2018 on a free transfer.
With the club, Thomas linked up with goalkeeping coach Pat Mountain, before the coach arrived at Ashton Gate. Thomas has made over 50 first-team appearances throughout his career so far.
Who is injured?
Despite the initial shock, Thomas has been signed by Nigel Pearson’s side due to an injury to third-choice goalkeeper Harvey Wiles-Richards, which has persuaded Bristol City to act quickly and source a replacement.
Thomas will provide competition to fellow goalkeepers Max O’Leary and Stefan Bajic until his short-term contract comes to an end at the end of January.
What’s been said?
Following the announcement on the club’s website, the Championship side released a short statement which read…
‘City have signed goalkeeper Lewis Thomas until the end of January 2024.
‘Thomas, who left Forest Green Rovers as a free agent at the end of the season, has been handed the number 32 shirt.
‘The 26-year-old came through the youth team at Swansea City before City’s current goalkeeping coach Pat Mountain brought him to FGR in 2018.’
Due to the increased amount of players that can be named in a match-day squad, squads at any level need to make sure that they have enough options in case of any suspensions or injuries.
As a goalkeeper, transfers work slightly differently and there have been countless examples of goalkeepers making a two/three division climb in a bid to provide cover where it is needed.