Wanderers Duo Net Loan Deals

  • February 24, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton duo Sean Davis and Mark Connolly have secured temporary moves away from the Reebok Stadium, signing one-month loan deals at Bristol City and Macclesfield Town, respectively.

Injury has restricted Davis to just four appearances for Wanderers since joining on a free transfer from Portsmouth in the summer of 2009 and he hasn't figured for the first-team since August of that year.

The 32-year-old will stay at Bristol City until March 24th and Trotters boss Owen Coyle believes the move will benefit the former Pompey man.

"Sean has not played a competitive first team match for over two years so this loan move will allow him to get more game time under his belt at a high standard," Coyle told the club's official website.

The player also believes the move will benefit him and he hopes to push for a place in the Bolton team upon his return to the club.

"I trained with Bolton yesterday as normal and when I got home the gaffer rang to say Bristol City were interested," Davis told Bristol City's official website.

"I spoke to the manager here (Derek McInnes) and he said he could give me games, so I was more than happy to join.

"It's been a long time for me since playing; I've been injured for 27 months. Since Christmas I've been back training and playing reserve team football but I need competitive games.

"It was getting frustrating. The manager at Bolton, Owen Coyle, said it would be good for me to go out and get first team games in the Championship. It gives me the chance to play regularly, help out Bristol City and then go back to Bolton and try to force my way back into the team."

Meanwhile, reserve defender Mark Connolly has secured a similar move to League Two's Macclesfield Town.

The Republic of Ireland under-21 international has yet to make a senior appearance for Bolton and joins the Silkmen ahead of Saturday's away clash with Oxford United.

Speaking about the move, Connolly believes they have enough to secure their place in the Football League, with Macc hovering just three points above the relegation zone.

"I got a phone call from my agent after Tuesday night's reserve game saying that there was interest from Macclesfield," Connolly told the club's official website.

"I then spoke with the gaffer and he said it would be good for me to get some game time there.

"I've seen this season when they've played our first team that they are a very good side despite their league position. I'm looking forward to going there and it's going to be a new challenge for me."

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