Feeney Always Wanted Bolton Move

  • May 21, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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After agreeing to join Bolton later in the summer, Liam Feeney says he always hoped he would sign a permanent deal with the club.

Feeney put pen to paper on a two-year contract at the Reebok Stadium on Monday and will be officially announced as a Wanderers player on July 1, when his contract at Millwall comes to an end.

The 27-year-old played four times during a brief loan spell with the Trotters last season and after suffering the disappointment of seeing his stay cut short by his parent club, he says a return to the club was something that stayed on his mind.

"I'm really happy to get the deal done early," Feeney told the club's official website. "The manager had spoken to me when I was up here originally about signing me so that was always in the back of my mind, but I'm so pleased that it's actually happening.

"Now I know that my future is sorted, I can get myself fit and ready for coming back where I'm sure we'll have a hard but good pre-season and hopefully get off to a good start.

"The loan spell I had here early last season played a massive part in my decision to come back - my time here was one of my highlights of last season.

"I've got really fond memories, even though it wasn't that long ago, and the manager really sold it to me.

"Playing for the club last time out, the fans were really good with me and very welcoming, so that was obviously a big factor in my decision too. I'm just looking forward to getting started and having more of the same experiences.

"Me and Trots (Liam Trotter) are very good friends - we lived together down in London and when I was on loan at Blackburn I spent a lot of time with him in the local area.

"We seem to be following each other a bit, but obviously that is a plus point to have one of your best friends up here with you when you move somewhere new.

"On the whole though, they're a good squad of boys here and everyone made it really easy - sometimes when you go out on loan, you can feel like a bit of an outsider but I didn't feel like that at all.

"Everybody from the fans to the players and the manager all made me feel really welcome and like I belonged at the club which hopefully came out in my performances.

"It was frustrating when I went back to Millwall as I found myself on the bench. I'll leave there with some fond memories and great friends that I've made during my time there.

"I've played in some great games and they gave me my chance in the Championship, so I wish them all the best for the future.

"There were a few other teams who showed an interest in me, especially with my contract being up in the summer, but I only ever wanted to come back to Bolton so I'm just glad that we could make it happen.

"Naturally, Dougie Freedman played a big part in my decision to come back, but the club sold itself with how the fans were with me and how amazing the stadium is to play in. I'm looking forward to more of that."

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