Bristol City boss Gary Johnson today clinched his first new signing of the transfer window by recruiting Fulham defender Liam Fontaine on loan until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old left-sided player is well known to City’s manager, who twice signed him on loan for Yeovil Town.

Fontaine goes straight into the squad for tomorrow night’s Coca-Cola League One clash with in-form Colchester United at Layer Road.

Gary told “Liam was immensely popular at Yeovil and is a player I rate very highly.

“Other clubs have been chasing him, but he wanted to come and play for me again. He can play in central defence or at left-back and is a good distributor of the ball.”

Beckenham-born Fontaine came through the youth ranks at Fulham and has represented England at Under-16 and Under-17 level.

He made his Premiership debut as a substitute in a 3-3 draw at Southampton last January and then started an FA Cup third round tie against Watford. Shortly afterwards he joined Kilmarnock on loan.

During his two loan spells with Yeovil, Liam formed a strong centre-back partnership with Terry Skiverton.

His contract at Fulham expires at the end of the season so he could be available on a free transfer in the summer.

Liam has been handed squad number 25 by City – the number allocated to striker Guy Madjo earlier this season before his move to Forest Green Rovers.