Johnson set for Robins stay
Bristol City midfielder Lee Johnson looks set to stay at Ashton Gate after returning to the first-team.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 11/02/10 2:08pm
Bristol City midfielder Lee Johnson looks set to stay at Ashton Gate after returning to the first-team at the weekend.
The former Yeovil man impressed while on loan at Championship rivals Derby County last month, with Rams boss Nigel Clough keen to extend the deal until the end of the season.
However, Robins boss Gary Johnson told skysports.com that he was not willing to let his son leave the club without a recall clause in the deal.
He said: "Originally, the deal was just for a month because Lee needed games and Derby required a midfielder and it worked quite well for all parties.
"I think Lee played around six or seven games in that period, with Derby progressing well in the cup as well.
"Nigel did ask if he could keep Lee until the end of the season, but we didn't want to give one of our better players away for so long, so he is back here and it is back to how it was before he went to Derby."
The Robins strengthened their squad during the transfer window with the signings of Patrick Agyemang and Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Johnson insists the loan market will only be used in case of an emergency.
He added: "The emergency loans are available to us now if we need it, but some clubs tend to use it as another way of bringing players in regularly.
"We prefer to use it on an emergency basis, so if someone goes down injured then I will have a quick look to see what is available, but until then I doubt we will use it much."