Robins drop Harley interest
Bristol City manager Gary Johnson insists he has dropped his interest in Watford defender Jon Harley.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 04/02/10 12:23pm
Bristol City manager Gary Johnson insists he has dropped his interest in Watford defender Jon Harley and will not be making a move when the loan window re-opens.
The former Sheffield United and Fulham left-back has failed to nail down a regular starting berth at the Hornets this season and was linked with a switch to the Robins last week.
Johnson admitted to skysports.com that Harley had been a target, but his interest in the 30-year-old ended after they signed winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce from Barnsley.
He said: "We had a list of left-sided players that we had been looking at for some time and Jon Harley was on that list.
"In the end we went for Campbell-Ryce instead and so that is the left-sided player we felt we needed after assessing the business side of all the options available.
"So, we were looking at Harley, but now that we've got Campbell-Ryce, we no longer need another left-sided player."
The Robins have failed to score in their last three outings, but Johnson knows that his strikeforce are more than capable of ending that barren run in front of goal at the weekend when they tackle Coventry.
He added: "Before the last three games we won 4-2 against Preston, so I know that we can score goals. Since then we've faced Cardiff twice and a rejuvenated Middlesbrough.
"We didn't come out of the Cardiff double-header with much credit (1-0 and 6-0 defeats), but the Middlesbrough performance showed that we have got it out of our system."