Luke Ayling: Bristol City sign Yeovil Town defender

Ayling joined Yeovil from Arsenal in 2010

Bristol City have completed the signing of Yeovil Town defender Luke Ayling on a three-year deal.

Ayling, 22, was out of contract at Huish Park but the Glovers have been paid an undisclosed compensation fee by City because he is under the age of 24.

The former Arsenal trainee spent four years with Yeovil and made 185 appearances, scoring three goals.

"He's another exciting young player and we've got him for an excellent fee," said City manager Steve Cotterill.

Bristol City's summer signings
Mark Little - defenderThree-year deal from Peterborough
Wade Elliott - midfielderTwo-year deal from Birmingham
Luke Freeman - forwardThree-year deal from Stevenage
Korey Smith - midfielderThree-year deal from Oldham
Aaron Wilbraham - strikerOne-year deal from Crystal Palace
Luke Ayling - defenderThree-year deal from Yeovil

"He was instrumental in Yeovil's promotion from League One and did very well in the Championship last season.

"He's a very versatile player and therefore offers us competition and cover in a variety of positions. We're working towards a smaller squad this season so we need that versatility."

Ayling, who can play right-back, in central defence or midfield, becomes Cotterill's sixth signing of the summer.