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With the transfer window being closed for over a week now and as we are in the middle of a two week break for internationals, it’s time to look over the players that bid farewell to this football club since the last day of 2011-12 season.
Owen Coyle, true to his word, has lowered the overall wage bill at the club by letting some of the high earners leave, trimming the dead weight and calling time on two legends.
The most high profile of the departures this summer was that of vice-captain Nigel Reo Coker who chose to exercise a clause in his contract that allowed him to move to pastures new if as we did, drop out of the Premier League.
I’m more than confident that Owen would have wanted Reo Coker to remain but that choice was completely out of the managers hands. Behind Reo Coker, the next high profile first teamer to move on was last seasons top goal scorer Ivan Klasnic.
Bolton Wanderers have today announced their retained list following the end of the 2011/12 season.
Kevin Davies has signed a new one-year contract until the summer of 2013 and Sam Ricketts has signed a new two-year deal until the summer of 2014.
Discussions regarding new contracts with Jussi Jaaskelainen and Zat Knight are on-going.
Gretar Steinsson, Paul Robinson, Sean Davis, Robbie Blake, Ricardo Gardner, Ivan Klasnic, Mark Connolly, Tope Obadeyi, Rhys Bennett, Dino Fazlic and Tom Eckersley have all left the football club after their contracts expired.
Tuncay, Dedryck Boyata and Ryo Miyaichi have all returned to their respective parent clubs following the completion of their loans spells.
Nigel Reo-Coker has decided to activate a release clause in his contract.
Jussi, Steinsson, Boyata (loan), Knight, Ricketts, Robbo, Gardner, Davis, Tuncay (loan), Ryo (loan), Petrov, Blake, Klasnic and Kevin Davies are all out of contract in the summer.
Obviously some of these would have put pen to paper a while ago but as we don’t know which division we’ll be in next season things have been put on hold. I’m going to write about which of these I think we should keep, and which should be released. Please note that this is being written before the Spurs game, so if I don’t seem cheerful/depressed (delete as appropriate) enough then you now know why!
Jussi: I agree with Coyle’s decision to make Jussi second choice since his injury. Bogdan is obviously the one for the future and he’s showing some real signs of talent. Obviously we need a second choice to Bogdan, and Jussi does fit the bill. His experience can help Bogdan mature into a fantastic goalkeeper for years to come. The only question mark would be wether he is prepared to sign a new deal knowing he will spend the vast majority of his time on the bench. I wouldn’t blame him for wanting to prolong his career as a first team player, but I hope he stays.