Defender views loan switch as fresh start with new club
LIAM Fontaine sees his loan switch to Yeovil Town from Bristol City as an opportunity to start again in a fresh environment, hailing its timing.
The left-footed defender was the Glovers' only transfer deadline day deal last week, signing until January just three months after dropping out of the Sky Bet Championship with his parent club.
Fontaine, who spent two temporary spells with Yeovil earlier in his career before joining manager Gary Johnson at City, started the season in the Ashton Gate starting XI before dropping out of contention.
Last season he relinquished the captain's armband as City slipped to the foot of the second tier and his form suffered.
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Now back with Johnson, Fontaine said he was looking forward to the future and boosting the Glovers bid to climb the table after the international break.
"I got a call at about 3pm on the Monday saying Yeovil had agreed a loan move, asking if I wanted to go, and of course I did," said the 27-year-old.
"I know the people here, like the coaching staff, the manager and a few of the lads.
"I see it as a good opportunity for me and the higher level was obviously a factor. I can come and start again in a fresh environment.
"I recognise more of the staff (from last time) and of course I know Jamie McAllister and Joe Edwards from Bristol City. It's been good to join everyone.
"This is a move that I felt I needed to make at this moment in time for certain reasons and I'm looking forward to what it can potentially bring.
"One of the main reasons for doing it was to play. I think the gaffer knows me and recognised that maybe this would help me in the long run. That's what's going to happen."
Fontaine met his new team-mates for the first time in training last week, with the free weekend allowing him ample time to settle.
"I think that's why we got it done last week, so I could get down here and train with the lads and learn the team's way," he said.
"I've got some homework to do and some DVDs that I've got to watch of the lads from the last couple of games so I can settle in.
"It's good to get down here, get amongst it and look forward to our next game at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday."
Johnson – who took Fontaine to Ashton Gate from Fulham after working with him at Yeovil – admitted a defender may not have been top of the wishlist, but his availability proved too good a chance to miss.
He said: "I didn't want Liam to go somewhere else. I would've been disappointed had someone else snapped him up because I believe he's a top quality defender, who has got a lot of experience in the Championship and just needed a change.
"I know people will say 'do we need another centre half?' And right at this minute I'd say 'no' because we've got Danny Seaborne and Byron Webster having made that place their own for the moment.
"Alan Tate is on the sidelines as well. But I've always wanted to go with four centre backs so I could rest some people.
"Sometimes they get a really hard time against some excellent strikers and it's very hard to concentrate for 50 games when you're at the back.
"Byron's on three bookings after five games, even though he has been unlucky with a couple.
"Obviously Liam Davis can double up as a left back as well."