Frank Fielding, a transfer target for Rovers last summer, has been released by Bristol City.

The 31-year-old was linked with a return to Ewood Park as Tony Mowbray looked to add more experience to his goalkeeping department.

Fielding opted to stay at Ashton Gate, but an injury hit campaign saw him make just seven appearances, with one of those coming in a 1-0 win against Rovers in February.

The former England youth international came through the ranks at Rovers but left before making a first team appearance.

He joined six clubs on loan before making a permanent switch to Derby County in 2011 and then Bristol City in 2013.

Fielding helped the Robins to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and League One 2014/15 double when he was named in the PFA team of the year.

He played 181 times in all for City, gaining experience at Championship level, but has struggled for game-time this season having struggled with a hip flexor problem, viral meningitis and then a fractured hand.

Rovers remain in the market for a goalkeeper to add experience to No.1 David Raya, while Jayson Leutwiler, who finished the season in goal, sees his deal expire this summer.

Speaking of Fielding, Bristol City boss Lee Johnson said: “Frank has given great service to Bristol City and we thank him for all he has done for this club including helping us win our first title for 60 years and getting us back into the Championship.

“Frank’s positivity and energy has been infectious, and he has been a key member of the squad. We will miss him and wish him all the best.” squad. We will miss him and wish him all the best.”

  • Meanwhile, Paul Caddis has been released by Bradford City after their relegation to League Two. The Scottish full back joined the Bantams on a free transfer after leaving Rovers in August.