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Fulham centre back Alfie Mawson has joined Bristol City on a season-long loan, the club have confirmed tonight.

The 26 year-old has struggled for both form and fitness since signing from Swansea for a reported fee of around £20m in August 2018. The former England under-21 international was still recovering from the after effects of knee surgery when he moved to Craven Cottage and picked up another serious injury in December. He made just sixteen appearances as Fulham were immediately relegated from the top flight and, despite starting this season as a first choice in Scott Parker’s back four, slipped down the pecking order following the arrival of Michael Hector from Chelsea.

Mawson, who has made 44 appearances in all for Fulham, could team up with Fulham team-mate Steven Sessegnon, who has also been tipped to make a loan move to City, at Ashton Gate this year. He has told the Bristol City website tonight:

“I’m massively looking forward to getting started. It’s been in the pipeline a while now and I’m just happy to get it over the line. I just want to meet up with the lads now. I’ve spoken to the gaffer and he was class.

We spoke a few times and I’ve bought into everything he said to me. He’s got a really good mindset and that’s good for the club, the way he was talking to me about players being brought in and what the club wants to do going forward was a massive selling point.

“I think it’s quite a young squad so I can bring a bit of experience. I know this league well enough to know when to do certain things. Everyone can say about being a ball-playing centre-half but, at the end of the day, I’m a defender and I’ve got to do the dirty work and then show my qualities on the ball at the right times.

Quite soon after the play-off final, when I hadn’t been involved after we came back after the coronavirus pandemic, that I felt I needed to go and play football. When I heard the opportunity at Bristol City had arisen, I thought that could be a good possibility. The Stadium is incredible, I like the area and it seems a good fit. The experience I gained last year was massive and I’m coming to get back-to-back promotions.”