Duo Sign New Contracts

  • February 23, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Joe Riley and Michael O'Halloran have both committed their futures to Bolton by signing new three-and-a-half year contracts.

Both players made their Wanderers debut's in the Carling Cup victory over Macclesfield Town last August and are seen as bright prospects for the future by the Trotters.

Riley has made seven appearances for Bolton this term, while O'Halloran has featured on two occasions.

Both players join fellow academy graduate Josh Vela in signing new deals, much to the delight of Wanderers boss Owen Coyle.

"I'm delighted to get the three young players on board," Coyle told the club's official website.

"It follows on from what we have done in securing the signatures of Fabrice Muamba, Chung-Yong Lee and Mark Davies on long contracts, building for the future for the club.

"To secure these three, who are supremely talented and have tremendous potential, is very pleasing.

"They are the kind of players who have caught the eyes of other clubs, and it is right that they should, so it's important we made them Bolton Wanderers players for years to come."

Riley admitted his pleasure at inking a new deal, keeping him with the club he joined as a seven-year-old.

"I'm really happy to be staying with the club that I have been with since I was seven," Riley said.

"I've managed to play several games since making my debut in August and I'm aiming to play many more over the next three-and-a-half years.

"At the beginning of the season I didn't expect to be in the position that I am now. I believe I have improved and I owe a lot to the manager and coaching staff for giving me an opportunity.

"This contract takes me until I am 23-years-old, so I have to continue working hard and building on the progress that I have made over the last six months."

O'Halloran echoed the thoughts of Riley, but knows he will need to continue his improvement before securing a regular place in the Bolton first-team.

"I'm obviously pleased to have been offered this contract," O'Halloran said.

"I've had a taste of first team football this season and I want more, but I know that I have to carry on working hard and remaining focused."

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