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Championship experienceAden Flint of Bristol City looks to avoid a sliding challenge

Both Flint and Bryan were key components of City’s side last season as the Robins managed to steer clear of relegation back to the third tier of English football.

The duo were a part of the Robins side that gained promotion from League One in 2014-15 and have clocked up a combined 196 Championship appearances.

That prior connection, as well as second-tier know how, will prove crucial in a side that Bruce has already tried to add Championship experience too in Henri Lansbury, Conor Hourihane and Scott Hogan.