Nahki Wells completes turnaround with new contract at Bristol City
Nahki Wells says he still has “much more to offer” after signing a new two and a half year deal at Sky Bet Championship side Bristol City.
The Bermuda captain had his stay at Ashton Gate extended until the end of the 2024-25 season as reward for a string of decent performances this year.
“To be in the space I am in mentally, physically at this stage of my career, I still feel like I have so much more to offer,” Wells commented on his club’s official website. “To be rewarded with the contract, I think I still got so much more to give and I am going to continue to keep working hard and try and help this side and try to achieve my individual goals as well because you have to have that greedy nature to be successful as a forward.
“I am very critical of myself and do feel like I could contribute more in some way, shape or form. But it’s been a good start for myself and a few others so happy with the way things have gone.”
The 32-year-old striker has scored eight times and contributed five assists this season after working his way back into the team after a disappointing campaign last term when he was struggling for playing time and looked to potentially be on his way out of the club.
But Wells’ work ethic and attitude has been rewarded by the club with manager Nigel Pearson recently praising the striker.
“I felt like it was only going to go one way for myself and that was towards the exit door, but I always stayed positive,” he said.
“There was always something I wanted to change and thankfully the gaffer gave me a chance and I was able to take it. So being in a good positive space and looking at football and life in that manner I think things come around in full circle and I am reaping the rewards.
“In football you do have that bit of uncertainty. I know as you get older in football, contracts and the future becomes a bit more uncertain. But to have had these conversations at this stage I do feel is a great reward for how I have performed.
“I’ve carried myself in the past months in what I still have to offer this football club so I am delighted to finally have that sorted. I am in a great place mentally and I think being able to get that sorted just helps it much more.”
Wells, who signed an initial three and a half year deal with City in January of 2020, notched his eighth of the season in his team’s 2-1 defeat at home to Stoke City in the Championship last weekend.
The defeat was the tenth of the season for City who are now 18th in the division and just three points above the relegation zone.
“It’s been a bit of a tough period since I’ve joined; a bit of a roller-coaster ride in terms of how we’ve looked as individuals,” Wells said.
“I think the end goal is still to get to the promised land, to still have an important part to play for the football club in trying to get to the Premier League.
“But ultimately I think we need to be more focused in the present and that’s looking upwards in the table. That’s becoming more consistent, that’s being able to consistently lead as an experienced player and important individual in the side and, from a probably more greedy aspect, continue to score goals and do as well as I can as an individual and that’s only going to help us as a team.”
Wells and his team-mates are at home to in-form West Bromwich Albion in the Championship on Monday.