David Wheater on How Bolton Move Occurred

  • May 14, 2022 | By Chris Mann
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David Wheater says he enjoyed his time as a Bolton player but admits he wouldn't have been disappointed had the move failed to materialise.

Wheater joined Wanderers in a £2.3million transfer from Middlesbrough in January 2011 and went on to make 236 appearances over an eight-year spell at the club, scoring 16 times before departing after contract negotiations collapsed following their plunge into administration in the summer of 2019.

Now aged 35 and with a forgettable stint at Oldham Athletic in his rear view, Wheater is back playing at non-league Darlington.

Speaking to local media about an early-career move away from his native Teesside, Wheater revealed he would like to have gone down as a one-club man by staying at Middlesbrough but knew the opportunity to join a club that was then in the upper reaches of the Premier League was too good to turn down.

"I never asked to leave," Wheater told Teesside Live. "I was always happy at Middlesbrough.

"(Gordon) Strachan brought the SPL down with him and put them all on big wages so a few of us had to leave.

"Had the situation been different, I'd love to be sitting here having stayed at Middlesbrough my whole career with 500-600 appearances for the club.

"I remember we just finished training one day and (Tony) Mowbray pulled me and he said, 'you're going to Bolton'. I'm thinking, 'what?!'

"I remember going back in the changing room and getting the league table up and they were like sixth or seventh in the Premier League, so I thought, yeah, it's probably a good move for me.

"It was hard to leave though. I remember leaving my dad's to go down to Bolton to sign and my dad said to me, 'you probably won't be back here for another 10-15 years', and he was right.

"It hit me a bit when he said that. But that's football. It was a good move and I had some great years at Bolton, so it was a good move for me."

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