Trotter: Freedman's Premier League Ambition Key to Move

  • May 14, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Liam Trotter says Dougie Freedman's ambitions of becoming a Premier League manager meant his decision to join Bolton was an easy one.

Trotter agreed a three-year contract at the Reebok Stadium on Monday and will join the club on July 1, following the expiry of his current deal at Millwall - where he has spent the last four years of his career.

The 25-year-old made 16 appearances during a loan spell with Wanderers this season, scoring once, and believes he can only get better under the guidance of Freedman and a club that wants to get back into the top-flight of English football.

"I'm really happy to finally have it done, to get everything signed and for it to be official," Trotter told the club's official website. "Now it's all sorted, I can really start looking forward to next season and getting ready to kick on.

"The ambition of the manager and the club as a whole really played a big part in my decision to join permanently - this club wants to get back into the Premier League and like any player that's where I want to be myself.

"I really enjoyed my time on loan and I feel like I've settled in well with the lads - with all that in mind, making the move permanent just seemed the perfect thing to do.

"The manager has definitely been an important figure in the process - at the end of the day, the manager is the person you're working for and who is going to decide whether you play or not, but he has made me feel welcome and helped me along from the day I arrived.

"We already have a really good working relationship so me joining permanently will no doubt only enhance that as we strive to do our best for the football club.

"Every manager is different, but I've really enjoyed my time with the gaffer so far and I feel like the past few months that I've spent at the club have made me a better player under his guidance.

"I don't think I’ve ever scored a better goal than I did against Sheffield Wednesday. I didn't have any other choice than to give it a go, but luckily for me it fell nicely and I hit it well, so it was nice to see it fly into the net.

"It was definitely one to remember and it was nice to open my Bolton account with such a memorable strike - with any luck, I'll be able to start chipping in with a few more as I do enjoy getting forward.

"Generally, I feel like my performances did improve towards the end of the campaign as I got a little bit fitter - at the end of the season, I felt pretty good and as though things were going well.

"There's always going to be a settling in period where you find out how to play with your new teammates and I feel like we're in a great place right now, so we can't wait for the new season to come around."

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