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U's Flash: Sammie Signs For Bristol City

U's homegrown player set for the Championship

28 June 2019

Colchester United attacking midfielder Sammie Szmodics is set for Championship football next season, having signed for Bristol City ahead of the new season.

He joins the Robins for an undisclosed fee after completing his move on Friday morning.

The move means that the 23-year-old completes a sixteen year association with the U's, having originally joined the club's Academy as a 7-year-old.

He first came to prominence in Colchester colours when he scored a hat-trick in the Youth Alliance Cup Final in 2013, helping the youth team to a league and cup double that season.

Sammie then broke through to the first team when he made his debut at, ironically, Bristol City, in September 2013.

The 2014/15 season saw him become a regular in the team, and he was selected by supporters as the club's Young Player of the Year for that campaign.

2015/16 was a frustrating season for Sammie, with injury preventing him from making an impression in the first team after his return from a loan spell at Braintree Town.

And injuries struck again the season after, with a broken leg cutting short his progress in the first team after he had made 23 appearances, scoring five goals.

2017/18 was when it began to come good for the Stanway resident. He rattled in the goals in the first half of the campaign, and his performances began to attract interest from higher up the chain.

He finished with 13 in that season, but fared even better in 2018/19, as the quality of his performances went to an even higher level.

Again, he flew out of the blocks with goals in the first half of the campaign and, as the U's chased a play-off spot, he became a pivotal figure in the club's performances.

He excelled in the final ten games of the campaign and scored twice in the last match of the season against Lincoln City.

The play-offs proved to be agonisingly taken away, but Sammie's performances were enough to attract plenty of interest over the summer and it is Bristol that have won the race for his signature.

With the U's having activated an option in his contract at the end of last season, the two clubs have agreed an undisclosed fee and Sammie will now begin life in the south west.

We wish him all the very best for the future and, wherever his career takes him, he will be one of our own.

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