Parkinson Has Sympathy for 'Ultimate Pro' Doidge

  • January 11, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson has expressed his sympathy for Christian Doidge, saying the Welsh forward's professional attitude doesn't warrant his current situation.

Doidge, who joined Bolton in a loan-to-buy deal in August, was due to convert his move from Forest Green Rovers to Wanderers into a permanent arrangement on January 3, only to see the transfer collapse over a contractual dispite between the two clubs.

The 26-year-old had agreed terms on a mortgage and was set to move to the local area on the proviso of a two-and-a-half year contract at the University of Bolton Stadium, and Parkinson remains upbeat that Doidge could yet make a full-time return.

"I feel for Christian, I really do," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester. "He's been caught in the middle of it.

"He's a terrific lad who was growing into the division. It's a big step up from where he was and he was getting stronger by the week.

"Hopefully it can be resolved but we'll have to wait and see.

"I called him earlier in the week just for a general chat and, as you can imagine, he's a bit mixed up in his head, which you'd expect.

"He's a good lad and he'll be professional at Forest Green. If he's back with us he'll be the ultimate pro."

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