Dervite Agrees Three-Year Bolton Deal

  • May 27, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton have agreed a deal to sign Charlton Athletic defender Dorian Dervite on a free transfer, after he put pen to paper on a three-year contract.

Dervite's current deal with the Addicks comes to an end on June 30, which prompted Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman to make a move - filling the void left by Zat Knight's departure from the Reebok Stadium.

The 25-year-old becomes Bolton's fifth signing of the summer so far, following in the footsteps of Neil Danns, Liam Trotter, Liam Feeney and Andy Robinson, and he will be officially announced as a Wanderers player on July 1.

Having started his career with Tottenham Hotspur, the former French youth international went on to represent Villarreal before spending the last two years in London.

Speaking about the player's move to Bolton, Dervite says he is looking forward to linking up with Freedman - who he played alongside during a brief loan spell at Southend United in 2009.

"I knew the manager from our time at Southend together when I was on loan there from Tottenham," Dervite told the club's official website.

"I think he liked my style of play back then and he contacted me this summer to tell me that he was very interested in signing me.

"Once I knew that, I was more than happy to join the club and it has all happened very quickly.

"When we were at Southend, he was at the end his career and I was only at the beginning of mine, but even then you could see that he was going to be a good manager.

"He was always trying to help the younger players that were willing to learn and he gave me a lot of good advice - he definitely helped me a lot.

"I have played in the Championship for the past two years now - during my first season it was important for me to adapt to the league and its style of play, but in my second year I felt more comfortable and I think that people could see that in my play.

"Now I'm with Bolton, I hope that I can carry on improving and developing as a player.

"I like to play short from the back with a lot of short passes, so hopefully I can bring a bit of technicality to our game so we can win as many games as possible.

"I've lived in quite a few different countries throughout my career - I've played in France and Spain as well as England, but I really don't mind moving to different cities as I feel that I'm able to adapt quite well wherever I am, both on and off the pitch.

"I've played for my country from under-16 level to the under-21s which was a very good experience for me and I've also played against England at Nottingham Forest's City Ground.

"When you play for your country, you're playing with the best players who you can only learn from and improve your game.

"I do like to get forward on set pieces - last season I only scored two goals which was a bit disappointing for me as I scored three the year before, but I know that I can score more and hopefully I will be able to do that for Bolton.

"I've finished the season quite strongly and I'm really looking forward to starting playing again because I was in a good condition and my confidence was very high, so hopefully I will be able to start well for Bolton."

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