Taylor leaves Bristol Rovers for local rivals City


Matty Taylor is the fourth-highest scorer in League One this season with 16 goals

Bristol City have completed the signing of striker Matty Taylor from rivals Bristol Rovers for an undisclosed fee.

The 26-year-old, who has scored 19 goals in 33 appearances this season, has agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Championship club.

He is the first player in 30 years to swap Rovers for City since striker Trevor Morgan did so in January 1987.

The Robins have also re-signed winger David Cotterill, 29, on loan from Birmingham for the rest of the season.

Cotterill came through City’s academy, making 66 appearances before joining Wigan for £2m in 2006.

Taylor originally joined the Pirates on a free transfer from Forest Green Rovers in 2014 and scored 67 times in 132 appearances for the club.

Direct movement between the two Bristol clubs is rare, with David Clarkson, who joined Rovers from City in 2012, the most recent example.

“I think we’ve got ourselves a natural goalscorer,” Bristol City manager Lee Johnson told the club website