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Defender discusses prospect of permanent move to Bolton this summer

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Declan John has insisted he is taking things one game at a time, when asked if he is considering a permanent transfer to Bolton Wanderers this summer.

The left-back joined Bolton from Swansea City on a loan deal until the end of the season back in the January transfer window, and since gone on to make 11 league appearances for the club, scoring twice.

During that time, John has helped the Trotters to climb up the League Two table and mount something of a late push for promotion, meaning you can understand why there might be interest from Bolton in making his move permanent.

However, it seems as though the defender himself is not thinking about his prospects come the summer – when he is out of contract at parent club Swansea – just yet.

Speaking about what might happen for him come the summer, John was quoted by The Bolton News as saying: “I’m kind of just taking each game as it comes at the minute.

“My contract is up with Swansea at the end of the season so perhaps I’ll just take a break and a bit of time in the summer and just go from there really.

“Obviously it’s all about trying to finish this season on a high, you know I can’t really look any further than the end of this season.”

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Indeed, it seems John still believes he can play at a high level of English football, as he went on to add: “I think I can still play in the Championship week in week out, I back myself to do that so I just have to keep working hard and see where it goes.”

As things stand, Bolton are currently sixth in the League Two table, four points adrift of the automatic promotion places.

The Verdict

There may be an element of concern to this from a Bolton perspective.

Given he has made a big impact since his arrival at the club, you can certainly see why Bolton may be interested in securing the services of John long-term come the end of the season.

However, these comments here suggest that John does not want to commit to anything too soon, and it seems as though he believes he can play at a higher level than he currently is.

You feel therefore, that Bolton could certainly help themselves with regards to this particular transfer by winning promotion this season, which would at least put them in a stronger position to bring John back for next season.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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