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Bolton Wanderers are set for an interesting conclusion to this year’s league campaign, with the Trotters in contention to win promotion back into League One this term.
Ian Evatt’s side are currently sat seventh in the League Two table, and are just five points adrift of league-leaders Cheltenham Town in the fourth-tier standings.
A number of Bolton players are out-of-contract at the end of this year’s campaign, and it remains to be seen as to whether they’ll be offered new deals with the club.
One of those that is out-of-contract is Alex Baptiste. The defender has made 30 appearances in all competitions for the Trotters this term, and has been a regular in the starting XI since the
Football League World’s Bolton Wanderers fan Danny Bromilow issued his thoughts on Baptiste’s future at the University of Bolton Stadium, and admitted that his experience will be crucial in their bid for promotion back into League One this season.
“If Baptiste believes he can play on for another year, absolutely. He is forming a very impressive partnership with Ricardo Santos, and I think his experience will prove invaluable during our run in.
“Looking to next season, even if he can’t play every game (a couple of spells out the side seem to have helped his longevity this term), he can be a valuable locker room leader, and has also proven himself adept to playing in multiple positions across the back four.
“Given the instability at the club over recent years, keeping hold of those who know Ian Evatt’s expectations will be crucial.”
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I think he deserves a new deal, even if that is to be a one-year extension on his current contract with Bolton Wanderers. Baptiste has really impressed me with Ian Evatt’s side this term, and his experience has been useful in a team that have younger players involved in and around the matchday squad.
Bolton aren’t going to be throwing money around if they’re promoted, and they’ll need experienced players that have played in League One before. Baptiste has done that, and it should be a no-brainer for the club to look at extending his contract at the earliest of opportunities.
You’d imagine that he’ll feel as though he has unfinished business in a league higher than the fourth-tier of English football, having previously played for Doncaster Rovers, Luton Town and Blackpool earlier in his career.