Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Andrew Lonergan has been handed a boost after being assured by manager Dougie Freedman that he has a future at the club.
Lonergan has a year to run on his current deal, however, he has found himself used as back up to Adam Bogdan for most of his time at the club.
The keeper has been assured that he has a future at the club, after Dougie Freedman stated that the 30 year old Preston born shot stopper can still challenge for Bogdan’s number one jersey.Andy knows his position and that he has a year left here,” Freedman told the Bolton News. “But he’s another player – and I have told him this – who I would be very comfortable sitting down with over the summer and looking to sign a new contract.
Due to Bolton’s financial struggle, Freedman has been reluctant to hand the big earners at the club new long term deals.
But he needs to be comfortable fighting for his position. He isn’t guaranteed anything, Freedman continued.
“I’m comfortable saying that because I think his game has come on. I think the way I want to play eventually – as you have seen the last four or five weeks – from the back, Andy Lonergan definitely has the capability to do that.”
Lonergan had a prolonged period in the starting line up from October to February, when Adam Bogdan was out injured, however, he failed to regain his place once Bogdan returned to the first team fold.
Freedman has given the former Preston and Leeds keeper hope, but has said that he has to work hard to challenge the ever improving Bogdan.
very honest with Andy Lonergan – he’s not a number two, he’s very, very capable of playing in the Championship.
“He had a run in the team but I thought it was the right time to bring Adam back.
“Andy knows my thoughts and he knows how highly I rate him.”