Doidge Returns to Forest Green as Bolton Move Collapses

  • January 06, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Off-the-field problems continue to soar at Bolton Wanderers, after it emerged Christian Doidge's proposed transfer to the club has collapsed.

Doidge, who joined Wanderers in a loan-to-buy deal on the final day of last summer's transfer window, had been set to make the move permanent in an arrangement which could potentially cost the club a fee in the region of £1million.

Last week, it emerged the Trotters had been slapped with a registration embargo by the EFL, forcing Doidge, Remi Matthews and the out-of-contract Gary O'Neil from featuring in Saturday's FA Cup victory over Walsall.

Doidge, who is understood to have recently purchased property in the local area on the grounds of signing a long-term contract, will return to the League Two side on Monday morning, with his future very much up in the air.

A statement from Forest Green chairman Dale Vince, posted at, read: "From Monday morning, Christian Doidge is back with FGR.

"We've taken the decision to recall him after his loan agreement expired last week amid continual contractual breaches by Bolton Wanderers.

"It became clear to us that Bolton entered into a contract to loan and then buy Christian last August without the means to honour it, and perhaps the intention to do so as well. They haven't even paid his wages for the last four months (we have).

"It's not just FGR that have been let down badly by Bolton, but Christian too.

"Bolton's Chairman, Ken Anderson, made a lot of promises on the last day of the transfer window, both to Christian and FGR, and has kept none of them. This is all his work and from talking to Ken he feels immune from the consequences - but some of these promises are written in legally binding contracts, and we'll be pursuing them.

"When the dust settles, we'll talk to the EFL about how they regulate clubs like Bolton. They already regulate the club to a degree, controlling all TV monies to make sure that football debts get paid. Hard not to wonder whether the league could also have a role in approving the terms of any contracts entered into - to make sure that they are actually within the means of the club. We had no way to know, but the EFL should have the inside view on that.

"And finally (for now...) - Disappointing as it is to see this go pear shaped, both for FGR and Christian, I'm also excited by the prospect of the second half of the season with Christian back with us. I'm sure all FGR fans everywhere will join me in welcoming him back."

At the time of writing, Bolton Wanderers had yet to comment.

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