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Wright backs lowly Bristol's EPL ambitions

  • Wright backs lowly Bristol's EPL ambitions

    NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle United vies with Bailey Wright of Preston North End during the EFL Cup Fourth Round match between Newcastle United and Preston North End at St James' Park on October 25, 2016 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Socceroo Bailey Wright believes a move to Bristol City will boost his chances of making it to the English Premier League.

That's despite Bristol sitting seven places below his former side Preston North End in the second-tier Championship.

The 24-year-old defender, who has 12 caps for the Socceroos, made his Bristol debut in the 0-0 FA Cup draw with Fleetwood Town a day after signing with the club on Friday.

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Preston were keen to keep him but Wright said the decision to leave after eight years and 205 appearances became clearer once he understood Bristol's ambitions.

"You can see where this club wants to be," Wright said.

"The stadium is brilliant and I was gobsmacked by that and the support they had when I came down here with Preston last month.

"One of my ambitions is to get into the Premier League and I felt I would have that opportunity by coming to Bristol City.

"I sat on the bench thinking 'this is a really big club now'. The owner is backing the manager, there are plans for a new training ground and things are moving behind the scenes.

"They want to do it (be promoted to the Premier League) and that ambition is really good."

Wright's foremost agenda will be avoiding demotion with 18th-placed Bristol four places and two wins outside the relegation zone.

He was been mainly left on the bench by Socceroos' coach Ange Postecoglou during World Cup qualification matches last year.

After a solid season with Preston in 2016-17, Wright said his fitness would allow him more minutes whenever called on.

"I've played most of the games this season so I'm fit and well and ready to play 90 minutes," he said.

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