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Club hero out, trio signed up: Bolton fans will have mixed emotions over latest transfer news

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Bolton Wanderers have confirmed that a trio of first-team players have signed new deals, while three others have been released.

On the club’s official website, Bolton confirmed that they have triggered options to keep Mark Beevers, David Wheater and Connor Hall at the club.

But Karl Henry, Darren Pratley and Aaron Wilbraham will leave when their contracts expire at the end of the month, the club have also announced.

Defensive duo Beevers and Wheater will look to continue their centre-back partnership after signing one-year extensions.

Beevers has played 98 games since joining from Millwall on a free transfer in summer 2016 while Wheater has been with the club since 2011, playing over 200 games in that time.

Hall, 20, has played predominantly in the youth team but will be hoping for a first-team shot after netting 22 goals for the young Trotters.

The youngster has one senior appearance under his belt so far and he signs for another season.

Meanwhile, midfield pair Henry and Pratley depart and join the likes of Jem Karacan, Derik Osede, Jan Kirchhoff, Dorian Dervite, Chris Taylor and Mark Howard in leaving the club.

Henry played 26 games after joining on a free last September while Pratley joined in 2011 and played over 150 matches.

Club hero Wilbraham, 38, also departs after his last minute goal kept Bolton up on the final day of the season.

The Verdict

Beevers and Wheater are established defenders at the club and although Bolton do need to invest in another defender, these two are good options to have.

Hall is an exciting talent who needs to be given first-team opportunities next season.

As for the departures, sentimentality would be the only thing to keep Wilbraham at Bolton but it is right to part ways now; Pratley was not good enough; and Henry’s tenacity in midfield does need replacing.

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