After all the other things that have gone on behind the scenes at Bolton, the club has now published a ‘Retained List’ of 14 players.
This list includes third-year scholars, meaning that as well as the first team squad being decimated, the youth set-up that arguably the club should be building around for the upcoming season due to their financial constraints, has also been near enough destroyed. With the clubs top prospects such as Harry Brockbank out of a contract.
The reason that most of these players contracts have expired, is that while the club is in administration till at least Friday, when, barring no hiccups, the new owners will be announced. So you would hope that at least some players will resign after then, but it doesn’t look very promising with other clubs circling and cherry picking players.
Even some of the players on the retained list are targets for other clubs, such as Goalkeeper Ben Alnwick and Midfielder Erhun Oztumer. Meaning that should these players leave, at least the club will get a fee that hopefully under the new ownership would go back into the squad.
If you are looking at the bright side, at least Bolton has some players remaining, a nucleus to build a team around for League One. Should all of that 14 stay, then add a few free agents and loan signings, plus maybe the new owners will splash a little cash then Bolton will at least be able to field a team and compete.
But with other teams getting their business done early, it is seeming more and more likely that unless Bolton can spend some money and attract good players. Then the 12 point deduction to start the season may just be one thing too many for the new owners.
The news may be more promising after Friday when hopefully, a few more players can resign for the club to get back to us then.