Woolford hails Robins ambition
Former Scunthorpe winger Martyn Woolford insists he has joined a 'much bigger club' in Bristol City.
Last Updated: 04/02/11 3:29pm
Ex-Scunthorpe winger Martyn Woolford insists he has joined a 'much bigger club' in Bristol City.
Woolford arrived at City from Glanford Park on transfer deadline day, penning a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Robins.
Former employers Scunthorpe have struggled to deal with financial constraints in recent years, finishing a lowly 20th in the Championship last season after winning promotion from League One in 2009.
And despite the current outlook of the table, where City sit 19th, just four places above the Iron, 25-year-old Woolford is confident he has not swapped one relegation scrap for another.
He told the Bristol Evening Post: "Scunthorpe and Bristol City may play in the same division, and I may have exchanged one Championship club for another, but there is a world of difference between the two.
"City are a much bigger club in every respect - bigger crowds, bigger stadium, bigger ambitions and more money. Because of where they are, Scunthorpe are always going to struggle to establish themselves in the Championship.
"I loved my time there, but it was also frustrating. We'd win promotion, but then the best players would have to be sold and we'd be unable to push on. I don't see that happening at Bristol City.
"They managed to hold on to their best players during the January transfer window and everything at the club seems to be geared up to pushing up the table and trying to get into the Premier League.
"The chairman is very ambitious, the manager has a clear idea of what he wants and there are some excellent players here. To be honest, I'm surprised we are where we are in the table."
Woolford says he has no concerns over facing the drop this season, insisting the club has too much quality to be considered relegation candidates.
"I'm not worried about it," he added. "I've just come from one relegation battle and I certainly don't intend walking into another one.
"You look around the dressing room and realise there are too many good players here for the team to be in trouble.
"Results have not been the best over the past few weeks, but I expect us to start climbing the table soon."