George Tanner said he wanted to join Bristol City as soon as he was aware they wanted to sign him.

The Carlisle United right-back completed a move to the Championship club on an three-year deal today for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the £300,000 region.

Tanner used social media to say a "huge thank-you" to United.

But he couldn't hide his excitement at moving up two divisions with Nigel Pearson's Robins.

In his first official club interview, Tanner said: "I'm over the moon. It's an amazing opportunity for me. I'm delighted. Me and my family are very proud."

Asked how he felt when made aware of Bristol City's interest, he said: "I was surprised. I had a good start to the season, I knew they were looking at me - and when I found that out I was buzzing. I just wanted to get it sorted.

"It's a massive step up for me, a massive club. Hopefully the gaffer's going to give me an opportunity to show what I can do.

"He believes I can play at this level and I can't wait to get started."

Tanner also said he believes a more possession-based style of football in the Championship will suit him.

The 21-year-old former Manchester United player said he had "proved [I'm] good enough" at League Two level and was ready for the step up.

Tanner posted a farewell message on Twitter to Carlisle and Blues fans after the news of his departure was confirmed.

The right-back, who had been with the Brunton Park club for just over a year, said: "I'd like to say a huge thank-you to everyone at Carlisle; Chris Beech and Gavin Skelton for giving me the opportunity and their continued support.

"A massive thanks to all my team-mates, I have made some lifelong friends.

"I'm delighted that the loyal fans are now back and although it wasn't for long, it was a pleasure to play in front of you.

"I wish the club all the very best for the future."