Posted by Admin - Thu 13th July 2017 12.00PM
By William Kirkpatrick
Players returned to the Lostock training ground at the end of last month to shake off any residue from their holidays – and they were all smiles as they looked to get back into shape for the season ahead.
Overall, Bolton have had a busy summer bringing players in and removing those who are not deemed Championship standard.
With a substantial list of player contracts expiring, it was the perfect time for the Whites to fine tune their squad for the coming season.
Before the window even opened, Bolton got to work in removing players such as Liam Trotter, Reece Wabara, Lewis Buxton, Tom Walker, Will Jaaskelainen, Dean Moxey, Lawrie Wilson, Jamie Proctor, Connor Wilkinson and injury-prone Mark Davies from the Macron Stadium.
Despite looking like an excessive number, this is necessary to balance the amount of players Bolton have on their books to meet the demands of the transfer embargo placed on the club.
With only 23 players allowed in the Bolton senior squad due to the EFL rulings, these departures laid way for a host of signings.
The aim for Bolton was to retain the services of on loan stars from last season. This was evident as Jem Karacan, Adam Le Fondre and Filipe Morais were but a few who were quickly resigned on permanent deals to the club.
New faces have also walked onto the Macron turf.
Mark Little, an experienced right back from Bristol City looks to give depth and structure to the Bolton back line.
Will Buckley has also joined for a free after being released by Sunderland. The 27-year-old was once a hot prospect but has had his career halted since signing for Sunderland and being loaned out to a succession of clubs.
The Whites also lined up a stack of friendlies before the new season starts.
The fixtures see the Whites not only travel around England, but it also sees them make a trip north of the border to Dundee and Arbroath, as well as friendlies around the North of England, including Stoke City and Fleetwood Town.
A 24-man squad was been announced for the trip north of the border, including a mix of academy players and first team.
This includes the new signings, as well as academy players such as Harry Brockbank and Connor Hall to name a few.
Trialist Haris Tabakovic also features in the squad, coming from Swiss side Grasshopper. The striker scored three goals in the 2016-17 season.