Christian Doidge Opens Up on Failed Bolton Move

  • April 08, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Christian Doidge believes it was inevitable his time at Bolton would be cut short and admits he has found it difficult adapting back into life at Forest Green Rovers.

Doidge joined Wanderers on a half-season loan on the final day of the summer transfer window in August 2018, in a move which was due to be converted into a permanent arrangement in January in a deal said to be in the region of £1million.

The 26-year-old made 17 appearances during his time at the University of Bolton Stadium, scoring once, and appeared to be finding his stride before being recalled to Rovers after the Trotters had been placed under a transfer embargo - preventing a switch from going ahead.

Speaking after Forest Green's 2-1 victory at Crawley Town on Saturday, Doidge admits to never feeling completely settled at Bolton due to ongoing doubts over the club's financial situation.

"I always knew something was going to happen," Doidge told Stroud News & Journal.

"The day that it happened it was like, 'I've been waiting for this to happen,' because obviously behind the scenes at Bolton they're not in a very good position and the boys talk in the changing room and it was kind of something I was expecting.

"I've just got to move on now and concentrate on Forest Green because I love it here. It's the club I've had my best experiences with and I'm hoping for many more."

Doidge scored four times for Rovers in the opening month of the campaign and has added a further seven since his return.

Performances have been mixed during that time but the Welsh-born forward believes he is close to rediscovering his best form after initially finding it difficult to adapt to a different style of play.

"It wasn't that my head wasn't on it but it's hard," he added.

"I got a move to the Championship and then you're back in League Two. My last game was against Stoke City who had just come down from the Premier League so that's difficult.

"I was someone who played in Welsh Division Two about six years ago with no linesman and then I'm playing in the Championship with Bolton.

"The gaffer at Bolton played a little bit different, so it took a while for me to adjust the style of football at Bolton but I started the last seven games there so I was starting to make some progress. Obviously to come back to Forest Green it's a complete change of styles again.

"I've got some great people, my mum and dad, friends at home and all the boys at Forest Green have been terrific with me.

"The manager and the chairman, I sat down with both of them and the gaffer and all they've been is supportive and they want me to get back to my best where I got the opportunity to play at a higher level."

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