Bolton Boss Confirms Chicksen Departure

  • January 13, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Adam Chicksen has left Bolton Wanderers after his short-term contract with the club expired.

Chicksen, who joined Wanderers as a free agent this past September after his deal at Bradford City had been allowed to lapse, made 20 appearances in all competitions - including Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Rochdale, in which he completed the full 90 minutes.

News of the 28-year-old's release has been met with a mixed response from supporters, many of whom felt the club's lack of senior options at left-back could have been solved by keeping the Zimbabwe international until the end of the season, but Trotters boss Hill says the time has come to look for long-term solutions rather than continuing to bloat his squad with stopgaps.

"He has been tremendous for us and I spoke with him at length yesterday," Hill told The Bolton News. "He has been a credit, but we are going to move in a different direction.

"It is not a knee-jerk, it's an integral part of our future to get the right players in. The right players for the right-here-right-now and the right players for the future.

"We have got to start building out. We can't be short-sighted or narrow-minded.

"There is an emphasis on dealing with the present but if you keep doing that you are not building for the future. We have to build that.

"Adam has been superb and played under the stress of having a short-term contract and knowing, basically, that after performing for us on Saturday he wasn't going to get a contract.

"I asked him on Friday whether he wanted to play, given the circumstances, and he was brave enough.

"I will do everything I can to help him to secure a livelihood for him and his family but also a footballing future for someone who has done a lot for us.

"From a pure footballing decision I believe we need to do better. We have got to start building out, start looking at longer term rather than short-term.

"We can't keep with six-month contracts because at the end of the season virtually every player we have got is out of contract.

"We should be looking far more into the future than six, 12, 18-months."

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