Parkinson: 'Difficult' for Bolton to Deny Le Fondre Move

  • August 15, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson insists Bolton have made the correct decision in allowing Adam Le Fondre to leave, ahead of a proposed move to Sydney FC.

In the midst of Wanderers' Carabao Cup first-round defeat at Leeds United on Tuesday, news broke that Le Fondre had departed the club after the player had been presented with an 'opportunity of a lifetime'.

The 30-year-old had been a fans' favourite at the University of Bolton Stadium and the realisation that he would leave without a fee hasn't gone down well, but the Trotters boss has asked supporters to 'respect' the decision of all concerned.

"I need to appeal to our supporters to respect Alfie's decision and that of the club," Parkinson told

"Alfie came to see me yesterday (Monday) and it was completely out of the blue. We'd signed Remi (Matthews) and (Jonathan) Grounds over the weekend and I had a bit of a spring in my step as I walked in.

"He had an opportunity abroad on a three-year contract. It was an opportunity for himself and his family that he'd really like to take.

"It's difficult for us to stand in his way. If we did, we'd probably have a disaffected player with us.

"We thank Alfie for what he's done - he's been a good lad. He's not always started in the team but has always been a good professional in and around the building.

"Now we've got to make sure we utilise the saving in Alfie's wages, plus the money we had prior to the window closing, spend it wisely and make sure we improve the squad."

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