Freedman Offers Lonergan Contract Challenge

  • May 20, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Andy Lonergan is likely to be offered a new contract at Bolton this summer, but only if he accepts the challenge of fighting for the number one jersey.

Lonergan joined Wanderers from Leeds United in July 2012, for a fee thought to have been in the region of £200,000. He has made 30 appearances for the Trotters, 21 of which came this season, but he has struggled to dislodge Adam Bogdan as first choice goalkeeper at the Reebok Stadium.

The 30-year-old has just over 12 months remaining on his contract at Bolton and manager Dougie Freedman says he would like to offer the former Preston North End stopper a new deal, but only if he is comfortable in the knowledge that is isn't 'guaranteed' first-team football on a regular basis.

"Andy knows his position and that he has a year left here," Freedman told The Bolton News. "But he's another player - and I have told him this - who I would be very comfortable sitting down with over the summer and looking to sign a new contract.

"But he needs to be comfortable fighting for his position. He isn't guaranteed anything.

"I'm comfortable saying that because I think his game has come on. I think the way I want to play eventually - as you have seen the last four or five weeks - from the back, Andy Lonergan definitely has the capability to do that.

"I'm very honest with Andy Lonergan - he's not a number two, he's very, very capable of playing in the Championship.

"He had a run in the team but I thought it was the right time to bring Adam back.

"Andy knows my thoughts and he knows how highly I rate him."

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