Nolan Surprised At Exit

  • February 03, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Kevin Nolan has spoken about his exit from Bolton for the first time and his surprise at how it came about.

The former Wanderers captain completed a £4million move to St.James' Park last Friday, but did not know about any possible deal until he received a phone call from his agent.

"He (Nolan's agent) told me that Newcastle was on and did I fancy it," Nolan told The Bolton News.

"I asked him what the club had said about it and he said they were negotiating.

"It was a bit of a shock. There had been rumours in the past but they were always quashed, so I must admit I was disappointed that the club were prepared to sell me.

"I saw myself being at Bolton for many more years, but I've had time to think about it and it might be something I needed and something Bolton needed.

"It's a very sad time for me in many ways because I've left Bolton after so many years but I'm delighted with the move and excited about starting another chapter."

The 26-year-old will return to the Reebok Stadium at the end of the month with his new team mates and admits it will be strange to be on the opposition side.

"It's going to be mad coming to the Reebok as an opponent but I really hope I can get a good reception from the Bolton fans.

"I hope they see me as someone who grew with the team when we got into the Premier League and into Europe. I'm very proud of that. I have so much to thank Bolton for and so many great memories - and hopefully I will have a lot more to come with my new club."

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