15 Players to Leave Bolton but Kevin Davies to Sign New Contract

Sweeping changes planned at the Reebok.

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Bolton Wanderers allow 15 players to leave after relegation

Fifteen players have left Bolton Wanderers following their relegation from the Premier League, while Kevin Davies has signed a new one-year deal.

The striker and defender Sam Ricketts, who has agreed a two-year deal, are the only players to commit to the club.
Negotiations with Jussi Jaaskelainen and Zat Knight are ongoing.

Ricardo Gardner, Gretar Steinsson and Ivan Klasnic are among those released, while Nigel Reo-Coker has activated a release clause in his contract.

Paul Robinson, Sean Davis, Robbie Blake, Mark Connolly, Tope Obadeyi, Rhys Bennett, Dino Fazlic and Tom Eckersley have also not been offered new deals.

Meanwhile, Tuncay, Ryo Miyachi and Dedryck Boyata have all returned to their parent clubs after reaching the end of their loan spells at the Reebok Stadium.


The cost of relegation to the Championship will clearly be influencing the decisions Owen Coyle makes when deciding who he wishes to offer new deals to, who he tries to persuade to stay and who he feels he needs to offload.

The Trotters came very close to securing their Premier League tenure but a leveler from Jonathan Walters saw QPR stay the right side of the perforated relegation line and now Mark Hughes is discussing plans to bring in new signings whilst Bolton look to trim their squad, such is the nature of needing to stay in the top flight at all costs.

Of the players who are being shipped out perhaps the most attractive is Nigel Reo-Coker, who has the experience and quality to remain in the top tier. Similarly if Coyle fails to persuade Jussi Jaaskelainen to sign a new deal he too will be sought after.

Securing Kevin Davies for another term could be a masterstroke and he could easily weigh in with 15+ goals in the Championship.

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