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Jamaican International Ricardo Gardner Trialling at Real Salt Lake

The former Bolton veteran would be brought in to provide cover at full-back for Chris Wingert and Tony Beltran.

Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis has taken former Bolton Wanderers man Ricardo Gardner on trial, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

The versatile left-sider accumulated nearly 350 league appearances with Bolton in a 14-year stint at the English club, and has experience playing in European competition as well as copious amounts of Premier League playing time.

Kreis, believed to be looking for depth at the full-back position, said, “We have to look at the results we had and ask ourselves a question whether we should be trying to get stronger in the back.

“Because when we missed our main guys we gave up a whole lot of goals. It’s an evaluation process we have to do, and we have to consider at least trying to get better.”

RSL have rocketed to the top of the Western Conference so far this season, and the excellent form of full-backs Chris Wingert and Tony Beltran have been a big part of that.

Gardner would have to perform incredibly well to overthrow either one from the starting lineup, but his vast experience would be a boon off the pitch as well as on.

Whilst the Jamaican has both captained his national side and appeared at a World Cup, his lack of match practice when combined with his age may be a worry.

Gardner was released by Bolton at the end of the 2011-12 season, and did not sign on to a new club last year.

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