Bolton Complete Mills Signing

  • July 04, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton have completed the signing of Leicester City defender Matt Mills.

Mills has signed a three-year contract at the Reebok Stadium and becomes Owen Coyle's second signing of the summer.

Wanderers were initially linked with a loan move for the 25-year old, but it is understood they have paid a fee in the region of £2million to make the deal permanent.

Speaking about his latest recruit, Coyle believes Mills has all the capabilities of becoming a leader at the club.

"Matt is a player who has a high level of experience in the Championship," Coyle told the club's official website. "We are delighted to have made this acquisition as he adds strength and quality into the mix.

"He is 25 years old and has already captained teams at this level, so we know what he will bring to the squad, both on and off the pitch."

Having represented Manchester City earlier in his career, Mills believes he should be able to settle in quickly and hit the ground running when the Trotters return to pre-season training on Thursday.

"It's important that when you move clubs and into a new area that you get the chance to interact with your new team-mates straight away," Mills said.

"They get to know you and you get to know them and that provides a good base going into the new season.

"I know a lot of the lads here already through playing against them over past seasons. There is an excellent squad with a lot of quality.

"This deal has worked out perfectly for me, mainly because Bolton are a fantastic club.

"Speaking to the manager, I have got the vibe of what the place and club is about and the ambitions of getting back into the Premier League. The facilities are made for the top division and that's obviously the aim this season - to bounce back straight away.

"To be honest, this area is the one I feel most comfortable living in too, so geographically it's perfect. I've got friends around here so I believe I'll settle in very quickly and be able to concentrate on my football."

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