Gregus Makes Bolton Switch

  • January 25, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton have completed the signing of Slovakia under-21 captain Jan Gregus on a year-long loan deal.

As revealed by Burnden Aces on January 10, the young midfielder had impressed during a short trial with the Trotters - prompting Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman into offering him a deal at the Reebok Stadium.

Gregus joins Bolton from Czech side Banik Ostrava and Wanderers will have the option to make the deal permanent in 12 months time.

Speaking about the deal, Freedman admitted he had been tracking the player for a long time.

"Jan is a very talented player who I have monitored for a while now," Freedman told the club's official website. "We'll have a closer look at him now and see how he gets on."

Meanwhile, Gregus says he was happy to make the move - which was initially on hold for the best part of a month.

"I am very happy to be at this club," Gregus said. "It is a big club in England and there are some great players here so it is very good.

"I came here in December for the first time and I spoke with the manager. He said that he had seen me in a match against Romania for the under-21 national team, so that was the first time that I knew that the manager was watching me.

"I thought it was great because it was a match when all our team played well. Unfortunately we lost that match, but I was very happy with my own performance.

"The manager has spoken to me since I have arrived about how he likes me as a player and I am very happy to be here. I have spent some time with the squad and they have been very welcoming and personally they have helped me settle into life here in England.

"I now want to try and get better every day while I am here. Bolton have some very good players and the training facilities are very good so it is great for my growth and development.

"I tend to play as a defensive midfielder, but I can play in the midfield. It depends on the manager. Some coaches choose to play me as a defensive midfielder, while some choose to play me a bit more offensive, but I prefer to play more defensive. I like to get on the ball and pass it to my team-mates all the time so this is a position I like."

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