Andrews Signs For Bolton

  • June 29, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton have completed the signing of Keith Andrews on a free transfer from West Bromwich Albion.

Andrews has signed a three-year contract at the Reebok Stadium and will officially join Wanderers on July 1 following the expiry of his current deal with the Baggies.

The 31-year-old is Owen Coyle's first signing of the summer and the Bolton boss admitted the player's experience could help the club regain their place in the Premier League.

"We are pleased to have been able to bring in Keith early in the transfer window as there were a number of clubs interested in signing him," Coyle told the club's official website.

"He is highly experienced both in domestic and international football, and he will bring strength, competition and a goalscoring threat to our midfield."

Andrews echoed the comments of the Wanderers boss, believing he has the ability and experience to help the club push for promotion next season.

"It's a very tough league, but if you have the right squad and right characters in the dressing room, you can be successful," Andrews said.

"Looking at our squad, I believe we have a fantastic group of players to tackle the Championship.

"I'm sure there will be a few new signings and fresh faces too, and that can only help the current squad. We are certainly geared up to be fighting for promotion.

"I was aware of the manager's interest before the European Championships and I was obviously very flattered by that. Every time I have come across the manager he always seems like a very positive person.

"The manager spoke to me at length and highlighted his vision for the club, saying how he wanted to get back up to the Premier League at the first opportunity.

"From my point of view, he sold the club to me. He impressed me with what he had to say and I had no doubts. He wanted me to come here and be a big player for the team.

"It's important that when everyone regroups ahead of the season we start very positively.

"We need to look at getting a good start and occupying a place within the top half of the table from the outset.

"The good thing about the Championship is that the games come thick and fast. If you get three points, the next game can't come quick enough.

"Likewise, if you lose a game you know the next one is just around the corner to put things right. In some cases, the next match is just three or four days away.

"It's a very exciting league and I'm going into the new season with a lot of confidence that we can do very well."

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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16 Cambridge United 25 30
17 Bolton Wanderers 25 29
18 Lincoln City 25 28
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