Bolton Wanderers manager Ian Evatt has confirmed that the club have held preliminary discussions with a number of soon to be out of contract players about signing new deals with the club.
There a number of players in Evatt’s current squad who are out of contract at the end of this season, including the likes of Alex Baptiste, Harry Brockbank, Ryan Delaney, Jamie Mascoll and Andrew Tutte, among others.
Now however, it seems as though steps are being taken to secure the future of those players at the club, and Evatt himself seems confident that Bolton will be able to do that beyond the summer transfer window.
Providing an update on the club’s stance with regards to contracts for those players with expiring deals, Evatt was quoted by The Manchester Evening News as saying: “We are obviously having discussions but, for me, it is really important that we keep everyone focused on the job at hand. In terms of being covered – we have options on the key players anyway.
“It is not as if we are going to lose players, so for now it is important that we focus on what we have to do.”
Bolton currently sit fifth in the League Two table, two points adrift of the automatic promotion places, and Evatt believes that helping the club back to the third-tier can only benefit his players, as he added: “It can only benefit a player – whether you are in the team or not – if they have a promotion on their CV.
“That is what we want for the lads. If we go up, not only does it help the lads financially but career-wise it looks great. If you are staying or leaving it is beneficial if you have been part of a promotion winning team.”
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Next up for Bolton is a huge game in the battle for promotion, as they travel to The New Lawn to face third-placed Forest Green Rovers on Saturday afternoon.
It does seem to make complete sense for Bolton to look to secure new contracts for some of those out of contract players.
A number of those in that position at the club have been rather influential this season, helping them recover really well following their relegation in 2019/20.
As a result, you can understand why the club would like to keep those players around, to retain that impact at the club, and ensure that if they are to lose them, it will not be for free this summer.
Indeed, it is encouraging to see the club are looking to take steps to secure deals for those players, and it will be interesting to see just what contract agreements they are able to complete in the coming months.