Bolton Wanderers defender Jack Hobbs has admitted that it was an easy decision to re-sign for the club and is determined to help the team avoid relegation this season.
The 31-year-old rejoined Wanderers last month after spending last season at the University of Bolton stadium, after injuries had seen him fall out of favour at his previous club Nottingham Forest.
The centre-back established himself as a key player for Bolton last season, scoring one goal in 25 Championship appearances – although he was unable to save the team from relegation.
Hobbs has revealed that it was an easy decision for him to rejoin Bolton and admitted that he feels like he owes the club something.
“Before I came to Bolton last year I’d struggled with injuries but the staff here looked after me well and I got a lot more games,” Hobbs told The Bolton News.
“I felt I owed them for standing by me and working with me.
“At this stage of my career it’s about playing. I want to be out there as often as I can, so it was quite an easy decision to make in the end.”
The Football Ventures consortium finally completed their takeover of the club last month, saving it from expulsion from the EFL. The club have since appointed a new manager in Keith Hill and signed several new players, as they look to avoid relegation.
Hobbs is determined to help the club achieve their goal this season has insisted that the players must stay positive in the difficult circumstances.
“I understand where we’re at as a club and I know it will be tough. It’s a huge challenge. But I am going to try and embrace it and do the best that I can do, personally. Influence as much as I can do,” he said.
“There’s no point looking at the minus points thing, you just have to plough on and work through it. If we can pull off a great escape, then it would be absolutely amazing.”
Hobbs is right. At this stage of his career, it’s important for him to be playing regular first team football, so it’s easy to understand why he signed for Bolton in that sense.
After a disastrous few months both on and off the field, it’s the start of a new era at Bolton and the club can finally start to move forward again, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s still going to be a very challenging season.
I know we’re just a few games into the campaign, but it’s going to be extremely difficult for the team to avoid relegation this term. It will be an unbelievable achievement if they can somehow pull it off.
Hobbs seems determined to make an impact though and if the other players can follow his attitude and show the same kind of hunger and desire, they could have a chance.