Where Are They Now? Bolton's Released Class of 2015

  • September 02, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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With the transfer window closed until 2016, we look at what happened to the players released by Bolton at the end of last season.

Back in May, Wanderers revealed 13 players would depart Macron Stadium at the end of their contracts, a number which increased by two when discussions with Adam Bogdan and Eidur Gudjohnsen broke down and prompted them into signing deals elsewhere.

At the time of writing, details on the futures of development talent Carl Kennedy, Chris Lester, Georg Iliev, Glenn Matthews, James Ball and Kieran Nolan have not been forthcoming, but eight of the other nine whose contracts expired on June 30 have committed their futures to alternative clubs in the two months that have since followed.

The highest profile move of the summer went through on July 1, when Adam Bogdan completed a switch to Liverpool - six months after producing a Man of the Match display as Wanderers held the five-time European champions to a goalless draw in the FA Cup.

Bogdan's closest competitor between the sticks, Andy Lonergan, would also leave Bolton, signing a two-year contract with Championship rivals Fulham.

Matt Mills was one of two defenders to leave the Trotters, after deciding to reunite with former manager Dougie Freedman at Nottingham Forest, while youngster Ryan Sellers was handed the opportunity to play regular first-team football by pitching up at Wycombe Wanderers.

Keith Andrews' contract finally came to an end, almost two years since his last appearance for the club, and he has since been unveiled as first-team coach at MK Dons after announcing his retirement from the game.

Another midfielder to seek pastures new was Luke Woodland, who, as recent reports suggest, has been training with a view to earning a deal with MLS side New York Red Bull.

Bolton's struggles in front of goal have been well documented in recent weeks, having opened the new season with just one goal from their opening six games, so what happened to the three that departed?

Eidur Gudjohnsen shocked supporters by completing a move to Chinese side Shijiazhuang Ever Bright, just months after labelling Wanderers as 'home' having arrived for a second spell at the club.

Craig Davies had looked set to earn a fresh deal, only for boss Neil Lennon to pull the plug when the hard-working forward pulled up with a recurrence of a hamstring injury late last season. He has since become one of five former Bolton players to sign for Wigan Athletic this summer, while Jermaine Beckford, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Preston North End, completed a permanent switch to Deepdale.

2014/15 - Bolton Wanderers' Out of Contract Players

Adam Bogdan (Liverpool)
Andy Lonergan (Fulham)
Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest)
Ryan Sellers (Wycombe Wanderers)
Keith Andrews (Retired)
Luke Woodland (New York Red Bull - Trial)
Eidur Gudjohnsen (Shijiazhuang Ever Bright)
Craig Davies (Wigan Athletic)
Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End)

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