Bolton Wanderers on-loan defender Jake Wright has revealed he was sad to leave Sheffield United this summer, but would rather be playing first team football than simply picking up a wage, as reported by the Bolton News.
The 33-year-old, who played almost 300 times for Oxford United is a six-year stay, made the temporary move to Bolton following the Blades promotion to the Premier League. He’d found games tough to come by following their promotion to the Championship and appeared just 17 times last season.
He is still under contract at Bramall Lane and could have stayed put and collected a wage, but a desire to be involved prompted him to make the switch to Keith Hill’s side.
“I could have stayed and seen out my contract, not really being involved at Sheffield United,” he said. “But I wanted to play football and when the manager contacted me to say he wanted me I knew straight away it would be a good move.”
It’s also set to be a challenging move; much of the senior squad only joined on deadline day and have little time to get to know each other. Wright admits that will be a challenge, but that they’re aware of the situation they’re in.
“We had four days last week and we’ll get the whole of this week, so it has given us time to bed in,” he added.
“Ideally in a pre-season, you get six weeks, so this is different, but we have got to get on with it. We know the situation we’re in. We need to get our skates on right away.”
The Trotters travel to Rotherham United this weekend, a side with a home win this season, before hosting Oxford United and Sunderland.
This is a good move for Jake Wright. Sitting in the stands at Bramall Lane might be lucrative, but it wouldn’t help him earn another contract elsewhere.
Players often play beyond 35 these days and if Wright is in good shape, there is no reason why he can’t get a new deal at a League One club to take him past his mid-thirties.
In order to do that, he needs regular football. That’s why this is a great fit; Bolton need experience and knowledge at the back. It could work well all around.