Bolton Wanderers have put pen to paper with Zach Clough in a deal that keeps the promising young striker at the Macron Stadium until 2017, reports the Daily Mail.
Clough was given his first professional start in Saturday’s FA Cup tie at home to Championship rivals Wigan and merited his selection with a superb performance culminating in a 76th minute winner that secured Bolton’s place in the 4th round.
In light of this performance the Lancashire outfit have acted fast in extending the 19-year-old’s services for a further two years and boss Neil Lennon was full of praise for the teenager, “when you’re that small you have to be special and I think he is special,” he said to the Guardian.
Clough was understandably ecstatic after the game and spoke to the Daily Mail about his performance: “I couldn’t have imagined it going as well as it did – it’s been a long time coming for me. I’m really pleased that the gaffer has given me a chance, he’s put his faith in me and I’ve shown him what I can do.”
The youngster is clearly enjoying his time in The Championship, citing fellow players and the Bolton fan base as being key motivators for his impressive performance, “every single one of the players has been fantastic with me, coming up to me and offering me advice, telling me when I’ve done something good and just generally helping me.”
“The crowd were fantastic with me too – I never imagined I would get the reception that I did, but it’s something that they always do, get behind the young players and give them a boost when they need it.”
With Bolton currently occupying 15th place in the Championship, 11 points from the play-off berths, Clough will be full of confidence in contributing to the side mounting a second half of the season surge, which wouldn’t be out of the question considering their recent form, having won six of their last 10 games with just one defeat.