Aldershot Town Football Club can confirm that Josh Stokes has joined Championship side Bristol City for an undisclosed, club-record fee, in a deal that will see him remain with the Shots for the rest of the season.
As part of a deal that will see the 19-year-old become Aldershot Town’s record sale – even before any future add-ons – Stokes will finish the 23/24 season at the EBB Stadium and a friendly will be arranged with The Robins’ first-team during 24/25 pre-season.
Stokes joined Aldershot from AFC Sudbury in June 2023 for an undisclosed fee, but quickly adapted to life in the Vanarama National League, having scored 13 goals in 27 league games.
The attacker also contributed to an impressive Emirates FA Cup run with goals against League Two sides Swindon Town and Stockport County, as Aldershot Town reached the Third Round of the competition.
First-Team Manager Tommy Widdrington has said the following: “It’s come as no surprise to any of us (Staff) that Josh (and others) have attracted so much interest considering the season he and we’ve had so far.”
“It should also come as a stark reminder of what’s possible to any player who’s faced disappointment at any stage of a fledgling career and act as a motivation to keep at it and believe in yourself.”
“There were lots of clubs at all levels keen to acquire Josh’s services, but I think Bristol City is a great fit for all parties to continue his football journey.”
“Josh will of course remain here at The EBB as a committed Shot for the rest of this season and I’m sure will continue to help us to continue to progress too.”
“I have to thank Brian Tinnion, Technical Director at Bristol City, for the professional manner in which they approached and sorted everything with minimum of fuss for this to happen, along with Josh’s parents Mark and Donna who trusted Aldershot Town and I to help Josh continue his football journey – something I believe could be special.”
“We of course wish Josh all the success possible when he does make the move but for now, we and he, are fully focused on our aims here at Aldershot Town.”
Everyone at the Club is delighted for Josh and is looking forward to seeing him scoring more goals at the EBB Stadium this season!
We’d also like to thank Bristol City for their co-operation with this deal.