Liam Trotter Among Five Released by Bolton

  • May 11, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Liam Trotter is one of five players to have been released by Bolton, as talks with other out-of-contract stars continue.

Trotter, along with Reece Wabara, Lewis Buxton, Tom Walker and William Jaaskelainen, will all officially depart Macron Stadium when their deals expire on June 30.

Jem Karacan's short-term contract will lapse next week, while the futures of another nine players remain up in the air as Wanderers seek to build a squad capable of competing at Championship level following their promotion from League One.

David Wheater, Dean Moxey, Dorian Dervite, Filipe Morais, Gary Madine, Jay Spearing, Lawrie Wilson, Mark Davies and Max Clayton will all sit down and hold discussions with manager Phil Parkinson over the coming fortnight, while permanent deals have not yet ruled out for the on-loan contingent of Adam Le Fondre, Andrew Taylor, Chris Long, James Henry, Tom Thorpe and Viv Solomon-Otabor.

Having initially joined Wanderers on loan from Millwall in January 2014, Trotter went on to make a total of 73 appearances during his time at the club, scoring six goals, last featuring as a substitute in the 4-2 victory at Fleetwood Town on March 11.

Wabara, who only signed for Bolton in February, played just 71 minutes during a solitary outing in the white shirt before being replaced against Bristol City on February 28.

Walker progressed through the club's academy ranks before making his senior debut as a substitute against Leeds United in January 2015. He went on to make a total of 20 appearances for Wanderers, scoring once, but spent the majority of the season on loan at Bury, where he made just one league start all campaign.

Buxton initially found himself a regular part of Phil Parkinson's defensive set-up, starting each of the first nine league games of the season, before debilitating back injury restricted him to just one further appearance - in a 1-0 defeat at Cheltenham Town in November.

Finally, Jaaskelainen, who signed his first professional contract in July 2015, failed to make a single senior appearance during his time at Bolton and had seen himself overtaken by England under-18 goalkeeper Jake Turner, in part due to the club's ongoing transfer embargo preventing the Finn from featuring at first-team level.

News on the remaining out-of-contract players is expected to filter through in the coming weeks, with players free to leave at the end of June if new deals fail to come to fruition.

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