Yeovil Town's new signing Jamie McAllister admits that family decisions lay at the heart of why he chose the Glovers ahead of other offers he had on the table. The 34 year old agreed a two year deal at Huish Park, earlier this week, and in doing so teams back up with the manager who took him to Bristol City.
McAllister was released from the Ashton Gate after six years, leaving him as a free agent, and he confirmed to BBC Somerset that he did have other offers on the table to choose from. However, he said that the ability to keep his family based in Bristol was a big attraction to him:
"There's been interest from a few clubs over the last couple of months, since I found out what as happening at Bristol. I was just weighing up options really, and so I decided to make a decision based on family reasons more than anything else, and to try to stay local to Bristol, because I'm set up here with my family."
McAllister was signed by Glovers boss Gary Johnson in the summer of 2006, working under him until Johnson's departure in March 2010 and he added that knowing exactly what to expect out of his boss from those four seasons gave him the confidence to team back up with him again:
"It's the best decision for me to go and play under Gary again, who I know very well. He knows me very well, and I also know Darren Way and Skivo as well. So there were a lot of things that persuaded me to go to Yeovil rather than other clubs that had offered. I know exactly what Gary's philosophy and how he likes to play and what he expects. So I'm confident on that."
Despite being born in Glasgow, McAllister said that he was very settled in Bristol, and with a family on the way, he didn't want to disrupt things by moving to a new location:
"The whole package was just right for myself and my family at the moment. I want to stay in Bristol, as my wife is expecting twins. I don't want to move, and obviously I want to keep playing as much as I can. There was only one team that gave me that. They might have struggled the other year, but I don't don't think that - I don't think we'll struggle this year; I think we'll do well."
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