McNaughton Reflects on Bolton 'Nightmare'

  • May 04, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Kevin McNaughton is unsure where he will be playing his football next season, after branding his campaign at Bolton as a 'nightmare'.

After a successful spell on loan at Bolton in 2013/14, McNaughton returned to the club on a season-long deal from Cardiff City last July but was restricted to just nine appearances due to a combination of poor form and injury, which prompted criticism from Wanderers boss Neil Lennon.

The 32-year-old missed the last two months of the campaign with a broken leg and with his Bluebirds contract set to expire later in the summer, McNaughton admits playing regular first-team football is his main priority when making his next move.

"I have some great memories of my time with Cardiff City and love the rapport I have had with the fans," McNaughton told Wales Online.

"I am open-minded about next season, but it's important I play regularly.

"It's been a bit of a nightmare season for me, finishing with a broken leg. It's nobody's fault, but things didn't work out for me.

"I suffered a fractured fibula at the beginning of March, but my recovery is going really well.

"I'll be working on my fitness over the summer and will be ready to go, wherever I am, when pre-season starts.

"I badly want to keep playing, though, and I'll see what comes up.

"It was a kick, not a massive challenge.

"My weight was on that leg and I knew something wasn't right, but at that stage I didn't think it was serious.

"The x-rays showed a fracture and I had an operation pretty quickly. That was six or seven weeks ago now and I am well on the mend.

"Cardiff's medical department will check me over when I go to see the manager and then I will be able to start looking to the future."

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