Chairman Steve Lansdown is confident David James' decision to join Bristol City will help the club attract more new players to Ashton Gate. England keeper James surprised a few people when he signed a one-year deal with the Championship club despite interest from Celtic and Sunderland.

He told Bristol City player: "When we are out there looking for players to come to join Bristol City Football Club, I think the fact that someone like David James has joined us makes it easier for players to think 'actually Bristol City Football Club is a big football club I want to go there'."