Alex Baptiste Returns for Second Bolton Spell

  • August 07, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Alex Baptiste has joined Bolton for the second time in his career, joining the club on a free transfer following his release by Doncaster Rovers.

Baptiste has signed a 12-month contract at the University of Bolton Stadium and becomes Ian Evatt's 14th summer signing since his appointment as Head Coach in July.

The 34-year-old previously joined Wanderers from Blackpool in the summer of 2013 and made 43 appearances during his debut campaign, scoring four times, before spending the following season out on loan at Blackburn Rovers.

Baptiste signed for Middlesbrough in the summer of 2015 but suffered a horrific leg break in a pre-season friendly that denied him the opportunity to play a competitive game for the club. He has since gone on to have spells at Sheffield United, Preston North End, Queens Park Rangers, Luton Town and, most recently, Doncaster Rovers, where an Achilles injury forced him to miss the majority of the 2019/20 season prior to it's curtailment.

Now in the twilight of his career, Baptiste admits to looking forward to being a part of a rebuilding project at the University of Bolton Stadium.

"I'm absolutely buzzing to be returning to Bolton Wanderers," Baptiste told bwfc.co.uk.

"I've had a good two-and-a-half weeks' training with the club and the gaffer's ideas are brilliant.

"With the way he want us to play these are really exciting times for Bolton Wanderers."

In addition to Baptiste's comments, Evatt said: "We welcome Alex back to the University of Bolton Stadium.

"Alex is a player and person I know very well and he is vastly experienced, having played in the Premier League and at a high level for the majority of his career.

"He is a fantastic person as well and will help guide our young squad from inside the dressing room.

"He's impressed during a trial period with the club and is raring to go."

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