• Steve Cotterill: City were right to let Baldock go

    Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill has admitted that the West Country club were right to let Sam Baldock leave to join the Albion this week.

    After doggedly chasing one of their key targets, the Seagulls finally secured last season's League One top-scorer, who will go straight into Sami Hyypia's squad for the visit of Charlton Athletic tomorrow.

    With Baldock's contract due to expire at the end of the season, Bristol City found themselves in a similar position to the one they found themselves in with another prized asset only two years ago, which Cotterill acknowledged: "The club got a little bit burnt with the [Nicky] Maynard situation a couple of years ago and that couldn’t happen again."

    On that occasion, having failed to agree a deal on a new contract, City were forced to accept a cut-price offer in the January transfer window to release Maynard to West Ham, in order to avoid losing him for nothing. It's a similar position the Albion themselves were in with Ashley Barnes, who a fee was received for, and Glen Murray, who walked away from the Albion before finding success at arch-rivals Crystal Palace.

    Cotterill continued: "He had a 4-year lucrative deal dangled in front of him and had 10 months to run. We were happy with the price.

    "Think about where the bidding started. We've ended up getting close on £2m - it was good business, with Kieran [Agard] coming in for £750k.

    "If Sam had another year left on his contract now, he wouldn’t have gone."

    Baldock himself will be eager to get off the mark as early as possible in his Brighton career. His current goalless run extends to seven games - the final two fixtures of the last campaign and his five Bristol City appearances so far this season.
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