Bolton Sign Three Players, Earing Turns Professional

  • June 15, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Jack Earing has signed a first professional contract at Bolton, who have added three more players to their senior ranks.

Earing, who has progressed through the academy with Wanderers, already has three first-team appearances to his name, having made his senior debut in a Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Everton U23 in August 2016.

Two further outings followed last season, both of which came in the Carabao Cup, while he also featured heavily as David Lee's under-23 squad won the Professional Development League National Title.

In addition, Bolton have also confirmed the arrivals of Chiori Johnson, Stephen Duke-McKenna and Joe Pritchard.

Johnson, who arrives on a free transfer from Arsenal, joined the Gunners at the age of eight and turned professional in 2015.

The 20-year-old had been a regular inclusion at under-23 level at the Emirates Stadium but failed to figure at all last season, picking up an injury before being released at the start of the year.

The varsatile defender spent time on trial with Blackburn Rovers in February, ultimately failing to earn a deal at Ewood Park, but impressed Wanderers officials during a short stint with the second string at the end of last season.

Duke-McKenna, meanwhile, joins Bolton after scoring in last season's Professional Development League National Final against Nottingham Forest.

Previously on the books of Everton, the 17-year-old is capable of playing on the right-hand side of midfield or across the front line and is eligible to represent Guyana, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland and England at international level.

Pritchard, who also spent time on trial with Wanderers last season, arrives from Tottenham Hotspur and is expected to be on the periphery of the first-team.

The 21-year-old will boost a central midfield severely lacking in numbers following the departures of Darren Pratley, Karl Henry, Jem Karacan and Jan Kirchhoff.

All four players have agreed terms on 12-month contracts.

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