Former Sheffield Wednesday favourite released from contract with Championship rivals

One of the last remaining ‘Cardiff Kings’ is a free agent having been released on a free transfer six months from the end of his deal at Bristol City.

Chris Brunt, who played on the wing for Sheffield Wednesday in their iconic promotion campaign from League One back in 2005, suffered a long-term calf injury last month and is now without a club after the news was confirmed by the club on Sunday evening.

The 65-cap former Northern Irish international joined the Robins from West Brom ahead of this season and made 14 appearances before suffering the injury, which is believed to see him out for the next three months.

Brunt played 148 games and scored 25 times for Wednesday across three years, from 2004 to 2007, before becoming a club legend of well over 400 appearances at the Hawthorns.

He was a long-time record sale for the S6 club and his energetic displays alongside the likes of fellow youngster Glenn Whelan made him a fan favourite at Hillsborough.

It is not known whether Brunt will consider retirement at this stage.

In a short statement confirming the decision, Bristol City Chief Executive Mark Ashton said: “I’d like to thank Chris for his contribution since joining us.

“Unfortunately, the injury means he will miss the majority of the remaining season and we felt it was in both our interests to end the agreement now. Chris has been a pleasure to deal with in those discussions and we wish him all the best.”

Former Sheffield Wednesday favourite Chris Brunt has left Bristol City.

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