Jack Iredale Completes Bolton Move

  • May 09, 2022 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton have moved fast to bolster their squad ahead of the 2022/23 campaign with the acquisition of versatile defender Jack Iredale.

Iredale, whose contract at Cambridge United comes to an end on June 30, has penned a three-year deal at the University of Bolton Stadium and will link up with his new teammates when they report for pre-season training on June 17.

The 26-year-old made 44 appearances for the U's as they finished 14th in League One this past season and he says the prospect of mounting a promotion challenge to the Championship was a deciding factor in his decision to move on.

"That's why I've joined the club," Iredale told bwfc.co.uk. "I'm ambitious as well. I want to do well for this club and I want to do well like the club wants to do well.

"There are some big teams in the division but Bolton is up there with the biggest of them, so it's a real honour and privilege to be able to play for this club and I can't wait to get started.

"I really enjoyed my two years at Cambridge, last season with promotion at the same time as Bolton, and then this season a really strong season in League One.

"But I felt it was time to take another step and I'm really excited that it's with Bolton. I've played against Bolton a good couple of times over the last few years so I know how tough it can be to play against them. That's why I'm so excited to play for them.

"By all accounts, especially since January, the form was really, really strong, which is another reason why I've chosen to come here and help continue with that momentum and hopefully do something special next season.

"Training with good players is only going to make you a better player. To join a squad with really good players is very exciting."

Iredale, primarily a left-sided defender, has the ability to play full-back, wing-back or in a holding position and Wanderers manager Ian Evatt admits the arrival of the former Australia youth international will provide some much-needed competition in his backline.

"This is a great start to what we want to do this summer in terms of adding to the squad and thanks again to Sharon (Brittan) and the board for allowing us to move so quickly," Evatt said.

"Jack is a player we've been keen on for a while and a proven performer at League One level, who we believe can also operate higher.

"He will provide genuine competition for places, which is something we want in all positions as we will look to keep moving the team and the club forward.

"He is a talented defender and technically very good who will add to what we already have and we look forward to working with him next season and beyond."

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Pos Team Pld Pts
2 Peterborough United 4 9
3 Portsmouth 4 8
4 Bolton Wanderers 4 8
5 Exeter City 4 7
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