Le Fondre on Bolton Unhappiness and Sydney FC Move

  • October 11, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Adam Le Fondre holds no regrets over his time at Bolton but admits he had no option but to leave the club as his unhappiness began to peak.

Le Fondre, who scored 21 goals in 74 appearances across two spells with Wanderers, completed a free transfer to Australian side Sydney FC back in August, having continually been overlooked by manager Phil Parkinson.

The 31-year-old has hit the ground running in his new surroundings, netting in both of his competitive outings to date, and says the opportunity of a fresh start down under was one he simply couldn't afford to turn down.

"I was just ready for something new," Le Fondre told Lion of Vienna Suite. "I think I'd proven all I needed to prove in England.

"I'd come to a point where I wasn't going to play regularly and didn't want to take that gamble of another three months sitting there.

"I've always wanted to play abroad and thought this was an amazing adventure.

"Why wouldn't I want to join the biggest team in Australia and try to win some trophies? This could be the last chance I get of winning serious silverware, and I also get the chance to play in the Asian Champions League.

"I had to be selfish. I had to look after myself and my family, so how could I deny them?

"Anyone who knows me will know I love playing football. Phil Parkinson knows that and when I'm not playing I'm unhappy.

"You can't let that affect the squad but if I feel I can help the team then I want to play.

"(Being out of the team) was quite hard. My training levels never dipped and I think that's what got me through it.

"As a group, we got along together so well that it was hard to have stragglers. We couldn't afford to have them either which is why, ultimately, we succeeded."

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