Trotter Explains Pre-Season Absence

  • August 18, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Liam Trotter is determined to win over his critics and says his much-publicised absence in pre-season was because of knee surgery.

Trotter spent the second-half of last season on loan at Bolton and made the move permanent over the summer, following the expiration of his contract at Millwall.

Just weeks after completing the transfer, rumours of a rift between himself and Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman began to circle when the 25-year-old failed to figure in any of the club's pre-season friendlies - instead playing for the development squad.

The former Ipswich Town midfielder says he initially struggled to settle at the club, as he was playing through an injury, but, with the issue now resolved, he wants to focus on hitting his best form and showing Wanderers supporters what he can do.

"It was difficult last season," Trotter told The Bolton News. "The team wasn't doing well and were in a transition period.

"I had the injury, which was causing a bit of trouble, and at first I was playing behind the striker, whereas I'm more of a central midfielder.

"It's not a job I mind doing but towards the end of the season I played centre mid and the fans started to see the best of me. That's where I hope to play this season.

"Within a day also I had to move myself and my whole family to kind of be isolated up here. But I am very settled now and enjoying myself.

"I had a problem last season and I decided the best thing was to have keyhole surgery and find out what the problem was. I didn't want to come into this season still carrying an injury. But it has been cleared up now and I am fine."

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