Free-agent winger Ben Marshall reportedly left Bolton Wanderers a few weeks ago after an unsuccessful trial with the League One club.
Respected journalist Alan Nixon reported at the start of October that Marshall was training with the Trotters ahead of a potential contract offer.
Bolton’s squad was decimated by financial issues in the summer and despite making a number of loan and free-agent signings after the Football Ventures takeover it remains very thin.
It is understood manager Keith Hill was considering signing Marshall, who left Norwich City at the end of last season, to bolster his attacking options but it appears a deal was never signed.
According to Nixon’s latest update, Marshall is no longer with the club and left the Macron Stadium a few weeks ago.
Left a couple of weeks back https://t.co/57zVWYvZnW
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) November 4, 2019
Marshall is an experienced winger with more than 300 appearances to his name in the Championship and League One–having scored 35 goals and provided 50 assists across that period.
He spent the second half of last season on loan with Millwall, making 16 appearances and scoring just once.
Bolton have experienced a recent turn around in fortunes. Hill’s side beat Bristol Rovers 2-0 to claim their first win of the season in late October and picked up their first home victory of the season against Fleetwood Town on Saturday.
Having begun the season with a 12-point deduction, the Trotters remain 15 points adrift of safety.
Judging on their recent results, it looks like it was the right call for Hill not to sign Marshall–if that was indeed his decision.
Even with attacking options like Will Buckley and Ali Crawford missing due to injury, Bolton have found some excellent recent form and have kept their dream of League One survival alive.
It will be a monumental effort if they can stay in the division but at this point, it remains unlikely.