Josh Earl has returned to parent club Preston North End after Bolton Wanderers decided against offering him a second loan spell with the club.
The 21-year-old made eleven appearances for the club, which would have probably been more if it wasn’t for an ankle injury sustained 15 minutes into his debut in August.
After returning from his injury, Earl only missed two more games and featured for the Trotters as recently as New Year’s Day in the 4-3 home defeat to Burton Albion.
Writing on Saturday evening, the defender said: “Thanks to everyone at Bolton Wanderers. Ever since I joined the fans have been fantastic and I’ve enjoyed my time at the club. What went on before no club deserves, and I wish everyone associated with Bolton every success for the future.”
It is reported that manager Keith Hill informed the 21-year-old that the club would not be seeking to extend his loan spell, with the club reportedly now looking at Burnley’s Jimmy Dunne, who has spent the first half of the season on loan at Fleetwood Town.
Judging by his Twitter post, Earl genuinely seems sincere in his words for the club and in wishing them every success in the future.
Given when fit and available Earl featured in pretty much every game, he may be forgiven for feeling disappointed that his stay at the University of Bolton Stadium isn’t going to be any longer.
There could be a number of factors as to why the club haven’t taken the decision to extend his spell but regardless of the reason it seems the 21-year-old won’t forget the way the fans took to him.
As for the club, they have had a handful of players already leave this window and must act quickly if they are to replace them.
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