Bolton Wanderers this week announced the signing of experienced centre-back Jack Hobbs on a free transfer.
The 29-year-old has signed a one-year deal and means Phil Parkinson has now signed 11 new players this summer along with the arrivals of Josh Magennis, Erhun Oztumer, Joe Pritchard, Jason Lowe, Clayton Donaldson, Pawel Olkowski, Stephen Duke-McKenna, Chiori Johnson and Yanic Wildschut.
Hobbs has spent the last four seasons at Nottingham Forest but has struggle for fitness and game time throughout his spell there.
He made just two Championship appearances for Forest last season after missing nearly the entire season through injury.
But he comes into a Bolton side that will be desperate to avoid a repeat of the relegations scrap they faced last season so game time should be more available.
So is Hobbs a good acquisition for Phil Parkinson this summer?
Absolutely, Hobbs is a god solid defender at Championship level and has plenty of experience too.
If he stays fit, which is the big sticking point, then they’ve got an excellent player for nothing at all. Good business.
If he can return to full fitness, he is a decent squad option for Bolton.
The Trotters needed faces through the door desperately and Hobbs adds depth to the squad.
While he may not be the exciting marquee signing that fans would have hoped for, Hobbs is an experienced player at Championship level.
A one-year deal for an experienced 29-year-old is a good signing.
Bolton don’t want to over committed on player’s contracts in the fear they could be relegated from the division, also their financial situation dictates the length and amount of a deal.
He wouldn’t have played at Forest so it is a good move for the player and the club.
If he stays fit!
Unfortunately for Hobbs that has been the case his whole career. The ability is there but he suffers with injuries. If Bolton get him out on the pitch they’ve got themselves a fine centre-back though.
If he can stay fit, he will be an excellent addition.
Hobbs has been so unlucky in recent years and the defender is due an extended run of first-team football.
Bolton seem to have had a close look at the centre-back and you hope that their patience pays off.