Gudjohnsen Cleared to Make Bolton Debut

  • December 10, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Eidur Gudjohnsen could make his second Bolton debut on Saturday, after the club received international clearance for the Icelandic forward.

After three weeks on trial with Wanderers, Gudjohnsen put pen-to-paper on a short-term contract at Macron Stadium last Friday - keeping him tied to the Trotters until the end of the season.

Red tape prevented him from featuring in the weekend draw at Reading, where he watched on from the stands, but the Football Associations of England and Belgium have now completed all the necessary paperwork required to ratify the deal.

Speaking about his return to Bolton, where he previously played between 1998 and 2000, Gudjohnsen admitted he felt like he had returned 'home' and can't wait to begin playing for the club who gave him his opportunity in England all those years ago.

"Injuries came into play and in certain situations in the latter stages of my career I've found it difficult at times to settle in at clubs that I've been to," Gudjohnsen said.

"Whether it's been adapting to the style of play, or the surroundings - it just hasn't worked out at times.

"I feel like I've been here for a couple of years already because it feels like home.

"Now it's just a matter of me being hard on myself in the next few weeks and being as ready as I can when called upon.

"Last time I was here I was a young boy with very fresh legs and now in footballing terms I'm probably an old man.

"It will be more playing on experience, trying to read situations before anyone else and the mind just has to make sure that the legs and body will follow."

Gudjohnsen is eligible for Bolton's game against Ipswich Town on Saturday. His last outing in a Wanderers shirt, which came back in May 2000, was also against the Tractor Boys - in a play-off semi-final defeat at Portman Road.

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