Robins brace for Luke bids

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Bristol City are bracing themselves for late bids after making winger Luke Wilkshire available for transfer.

The Australian international is one of three Ashton Gate players that Robins boss Gary Johnson has made available for loan or permanent move before the January transfer window closes on Tuesday.

Ryan Harley and Jamie Smith are the other players that have been made available, while Robins centre back Clayton Fortune has had his loan with League One rivals Port Vale extended for the rest of the season.

The former Latvia and Yeovil Town boss admitted Wilkshire is keen to find regular first-team football in order to secure a place in Guus Hiddink's Australian World Cup squad.

"We circulated Luke's name, along with the others a few weeks ago, but in his case there has been no offer as yet," Johnson told the club's official website.

"We had a chat and he understandably wants regular first-team football to help his World Cup aspirations with Australia.

"I never dropped Luke from the team. He picked up an injury and it coincided with the victory at Port Vale, which really set us on the road to our current good run.

"Since then, the team have played consistently well and there has been no one I could leave out for Luke to get back into the side.

"That has been frustrating for him and he really needs to find a club where he can have regular first-team starts to boost his hopes of playing more games for Australia."

It remains to be seen if the former Middlesbrough man will move on before Tuesday's deadline.

Meanwhile, striker Stephen Gillespie has completed his permanent move to Cheltenham Town for an undisclosed fee.