Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Matt Alexander is on the verge of leaving the club on a season-long loan, according to The Bolton News.
The youngster was between the posts for Northern Premier League side Lancaster City in a recent friendly against Longridge Town, and is expected to complete a loan move to Lancaster City in the near future.
Alexander has made two senior appearances for Bolton’s first-team, and even kept a clean sheet against Coventry City on his debut for the club back in 2019.
He didn’t make a single league appearance for Bolton last season though, with Matt Gilks being the first-choice goalkeeper for the Trotters during the 2020/21 season.
It was a memorable campaign for Ian Evatt’s side as well, as they won promotion into League One, after finishing third in the fourth tier standings.
Matt Gilks, Joel Dixon and Luke Hutchinson are the current options for Evatt to choose from this season, as they’re clearly keen to further Alexander’s development with a loan move at the earliest of opportunities.
Bolton are set to take on MK Dons in their opening match of the 2021/22 campaign, in what is likely to be a tricky test for Ian Evatt’s side on Saturday 7th August.
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Alexander is unlikely to be involved regularly for Bolton Wanderers’ first-team after they won promotion into League One, so it makes sense for him to further his development with a loan move elsewhere.
It is slightly surprising to see him drop below the fifth tier of English football though, as he could have been worth a punt for some National League clubs, so it’s somewhat of a coup for Lancaster City to sign him on a temporary basis this season.
Bolton will be hoping that he can learn from the experience of heading out on loan, and if he can do that, then we could see him challenging for a first-team spot with the Trotters in future years.