Kilkenny joins Yannick Bolaise from Plymouth Argyle and Ryan Taylor from Rotherham United in joining the Robins with the 25 year old Australian international signing a three year deal.
Kilkenny turned down the offer of a new contract at Elland Road where he had been since a £150K move from Birmingham in January 2008. However despite playing a key role in Leeds promotion from League One and their successful first season back in the second tier, Kilkenny has made the decision to move on to pastures new after 144 appearances for the Yorkshire club.
Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol Kilkenny spoke of the influence that the Bristol City boss Keith Millen had in helping him make the decision: “The manager was fantastic and sold the club to me, the way he spoke about the club, about the game and about me – he made my mind up. He described where the club wants to go and it fitted with my ambition, so that was the reason I joined.”
Millen himself was delighted to complete the deal, stressing the importance of clinching a player with Kilkenny’s attributes. He told the clubs official website: “We’ve beaten some strong competition to sign him and that’s great for the club. He’s a good age and an Australia international who has played a big part in Leeds’ success in recent years. There aren’t many creative midfielders available so the search has been difficult. The top players cost a lot of money but we’ve been fortunate in getting him in on a free transfer.”
One of football’s most unusual transfers also took place last week in the South West when League One Yeovil Town concluded the signing of Kieran Agard following the young striker’s release from Premier League Everton.
The deal came about after The Glovers manager Terry Skiverton asked the clubs fans to alert him of any potential signings by tweeting him with the player’s name. Skiverton revealed to BBC Somerset that there had been various names brought to his attention: “I’ve had supporters from Liverpool, Man Utd, Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and Championship clubs like Cardiff, all telling me about their best youngsters and players are available on loan.”
Skiverton also promised to publicise the names of the fans that brought Agard to his attention, as the youngster penned a one year deal: “I’ll be retweeting the ones that came up with the name Kieran Agard. There’s a couple of people who had mentioned him, so they’ll be taking the credit.” he said.
Agard joins Gavin Williams as Yeovil’s two summer signings so far, as the Glovers look to improve on last season’s 14th position.