Aberdeen may be keeping an eye on developments at Bristol City as they announce Marley Watkins is to leave the club upon the expiry of his contract.

The Welshman spent the first half of the season on loan at Aberdeen and if it wasn’t for injury, then-manager Derek McInnes would like to have brought him back for the second. Watkins made nine Scottish Premiership appearances with two goals and two assists, also featuring in Europa League qualifying at Pittodrie.

Watkins spent the first half of the season on loan at Aberdeen from Bristol City.

Watkins spent the first half of the season on loan at Aberdeen from Bristol City. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)

Bristol City manager Nigel Pearson said of Watkins and the other 10 players who are leaving the English Championship club this summer: “I have spoken with each departing player and wish them all well in the next stage of their careers.

“We are entering into a significant transition period for the club and central to that is deciding which players can take this club forward. The first element of that is largely done and now it’s about looking forward to who we can bring in as we build towards next season.”

Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass has been busy in the transfer market as he seemingly hunts experience as part of a huge summer rebuild at Pittodrie off the back of a frustrating season. Celtic and Motherwell captains Scott Brown and Declan Gallagher have signed while 30-year-old goalkeeper Gary Woods has also penned a pre-contract.

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