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Former Bradford City and Blackpool striker on a free to Bolton Wanderers?

Despite friendlies being called off and the financial situation at Bolton Wanderers, there are reports that Billy Clarke is on trial with the Trotters.

Alan Nixon is known for sharing football news on Twitter and he has stated that Billy Clarke is on trial with the Wanderers. He’s stated in the tweet that Bolton had a closed-door game yesterday that could see the striker in action.

The Irish 31 year old spent his youth career with Ipswich Town. Once he signed his first professional contract, he wasn’t shy to being loaned. The loan spells included Falkirk, Brentford and Darlington. In 2009 he signed for Blackpool only to be loaned again to Sheffield. He’s most recently been with Bradford City until the beginning of this month.


According to TransferMarkt, Clarke is out of contract and been without a club since the 1st of July. The striker has got a lot of experience behind him and has certainly been around. If he does make a move to Bolton, he would hopefully aim to impress.

Although it’s nice to hear of a player on trial giving fans some hope instead of the usual disappointing take over news, personally, I don’t understand this rumour. Why would a player want to get involved in a club that’s going through so much?

All of the Bolton players are refusing to play the friendlies that were in place resulting in them being called off. Players still haven’t been paid and the supposed take over of the club still hasn’t happened.

All I can say is, Billy Clarke must be desperate to want to get himself involved in this mess. Maybe he is just as desperate as us as a club.

Putting the takeover news aside, which is what people at Bolton have been doing for the past 3 weeks, Clarke is apparently a free agent. This could come beneficial to the Trotters as free agents may be the best option going forward.

Let’s say the take over gets sorted out before the start of the season, it will take a while to sort out all the financial issues going on, so getting players for free would be the most sensible option. I wish we were in a position to be picky about who played for us but we really can’t afford to, literally. Fans will have to hope that something comes of this game behind closed doors in terms of Clarke and the rest of the team.

The fact that we have a player actually involved with us, and considering joining us gives me an ounce of hope that our club can end up back on top, under control and stay out of the headlines for negative reasons.

2 free agents Bolton Wanderers should be looking at once the dust settles

With the start of the season getting closer and closer, Bolton Wanderers need some players, especially defenders. The Football Manc Cave has had a look at the free agents available to the club and has picked out two realistic options to who could move to the League One side.

With all the financial and behind the scenes issues at the club, it’s been very hard for Bolton to develop their squad over the summer. The Bolton News has only recently revealed that the club is still not offering contracts to free agents until the takeover gets the green light.

When Bolton do sort their issues, there are a number of players who have been let go as free agents. This would be a perfect option for Phil Parkinson’s side as the administrators and new owners sort the debt that’s been left with the club.

With that in mind, we have picked out two realistic and sensible options from Transfer Markt‘s list of free agents.

Jordan Spence

If you look at Bolton’s squad, they are especially falling short of defenders so I was always going to pick a defender for the options here. Spence is now 29 years old and has been around. He’s a product of West Ham’s youth until he broke into their first team in 2007 however, he has been on loan to several clubs from 2008 to 2014.

Most recently, Spence has been with Milton Keynes and Ipswich Town. The defender has also been called up to the England squad at nearly every youth level, from Under 16’s to Under 21’s.

He’d be a great addition to the team as they need an experienced defender. He’s not only experienced in the team’s he’s been at and the years of football behind him, but also with how he has been playing in League One for years. Bolton needs players that are used to the league as they start their new campaign.

Tom Adeyemi

I’ve picked a midfielder here, however, he’s a comfortable defensive midfielder. The 27-year-old has been with Birmingham, Cardiff and Leeds in the past. He’s most recently been at Rotherham and just like our first pick, Spence, he’s spent the last two years at Ipswich. In those two years, he only managed 5 games so he will be in need of a club that could give him starts. With the lack of options Parkinson has at the minute, he could be a pony of interest.

After all the issues that have been ongoing with the club, it’s going to be hard for them to sign anyone with the fact that players went unpaid last season. As much as free agents would love to snap up a club, they’d be wary of the fact they need their wages to be paid and at the minute, the take over at Bolton is still up in the air. Let’s hope and pray that everything can be taken control of soon.

‘I’d absolutely love Roy Keane at Bolton Wanderers’ – Agree?

Roy Keane is free after leaving Nottingham Forest and some say he may end up at Bolton Wanderers.

The Manchester United legend Roy Keane has left his post as assistant manager for Championship side Nottingham Forest and is seeking a new challenge as a manager.

Roy Keane has managed Sunderland, playing a big part in their Championship title victory in 2007. He then managed Ipswich Town who had mid to low table results throughout his reign.

Since Keane has been assistant manager to Martin O’Neill for his national side; Ireland. Whilst having the same role under Paul Lambert for Aston Villa for 13 games in 2014. He was also under Martin O’Neill for Nottingham Forest in his most recent occupation.

Bolton Wanderers will be losing their 27-year-old winger Sammy Ameobi after their demotion to League One, and Nottingham Forest have signed him. Perhaps Keane will be heading in the opposite direction, as Bolton Wanderers face financial difficulties and Football Ventures are set to take them over, their current manager Phil Parkinson may not hold onto his position.

With the new League One side looking to turn over a leaf and get back to the Championship. By employing a man who won it with Sunderland and survived it with Ipswich, his experience of the contest should allow them to return to it and remain in it.

Bolton defeated Sunderland during Roy Keane’s period as manager, resulting in ultimately costing his job. Now, he could be the man to drag Bolton Wanderers out of the gutter.

These Bolton fans seem up for it…

Opinion: Is a Move To Ipswich Town The Wisest Move For Bolton Wanderers’ Harry Brockbank

It seems then like everyone is wanting out at Bolton Wanderers, the latest to be linked with a move away is the 20-year-old defensive prospect, Harry Brockbank.

Despite only making three appearances for struggling Bolton in the Championship last season, a host of Championship and League One clubs are after the young centre back, with Ipswich being the latest link. Ipswich finished bottom of the Championship last season, but are already assembling a good squad to try and rebound straight back into the second flight.

The young defender, who is capable of playing at right back, centre back and defensive midfield, would be a great addition to any squad due to his versatility and raw talent, he is the kind of player that managers love and can build a team around.

After impressing many teams during his Bolton debut against now Premier League Aston Villa, the young full-back can leave the team on a free due to the clubs off-field issues. However, if he wants guaranteed first-team football, then perhaps him staying for one more year at his home side wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. It’s a chance to get some more experience under his belt before being a squad player in the same division.

For Ipswich this move would be a great deal, signing a potential star full back for the years to come, get him some game time in League One ready for if they do go back up. Even if they then sold him on, signing the young lad on a free makes business sense.

For Brockbank, I think it all comes down to game time, if whether it be Ipswich or wherever he moves, can guarantee the game time then, by all means, he should go and play his football at the right end of League One. However, if he is just going to be a squad player then perhaps it would better him to stay at Bolton, yes they are likely to go down again due to starting the season on minus 12 points, but at least he is likely to play the vast majority of games.