Freedman Rules Out Dawson Return

  • January 07, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Dougie Freedman says he would be interested in bringing Craig Dawson back to Bolton, but says the prospect of a move materialising is slim to none.

Dawson spent three months at the Reebok Stadium last season, where he scored four goals in 16 appearances, as Wanderers narrowly missed out on a place in the top-six.

Freedman has revealed he tried to bring the former England under-21 international back to the club in August, but was told by then Baggies boss Steve Clarke that the defender would be going nowhere. Speculation has linked him with a fresh move in the January transfer window, but the Trotters manager believes Dawson will stay at the Hawthorns and compete for a first-team place.

"I've made no contact with them (West Brom) since the beginning of the season, or just after," Freedman told The Bolton News.

"They said to me he is not coming out on loan and he's going to be in the squad every week, and he has been.

"I have spoken to his agent and he tells me Craig is very, very determined to make it in the West Brom side, so therefore I've not wasted a lot of energy running after that one. It feels like it's far away.

"He's a loan player who came in and credit to the scouting department because he was fantastic for us, just the same as Neil Danns or Kevin McNaughton.

"If it does change then, well, who wouldn't be interested?

"On my behalf it can get frustrating getting loan players in and making them better players.

"That side of the loan market for me takes a lot of work. I like to get the right ones at the right price - not just to get their careers going.

"You do have to use your loans well in this division but it can become very frustrating when you shine them up and off they go.

"Of course, it can be that a player isn't for sale, or is worth too much money, or coming back from injury. Sometimes you can take advantage of that situation and I think we've done okay in that respect.

"The fans, like me, would like to keep one or two of them but it's not always the case.

"I have got a track record with these kind of deals and ideally I try to get them on a permanent deal before I loan them.

"I want to work with my own players."

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