Bolton have thrived with James Trafford inbetween the sticks in this second half of the campaign and whilst the Wanderers will be desperate to have him back next year, the player has revealed to the Manchester Evening News he will only ‘revisit things’ at the end of the season.
Trafford has yet to get a sniff of Premier League action for his parent club and has instead been confined to playing for the club’s reserve teams instead.
He finally managed to get some first-team action under his belt with Accrington Stanley this year but after playing 11 times in the league and conceding 26 goals, he was recalled and sent back out on a short-term basis again.
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His second stint has gone a lot more smoothly with Bolton, as he has featured more and conceded a lot less too. Playing in 19 League One games since the turn of the year, he has conceded only 16 and has helped the Wanderers to climb up the division and into the top half. In fact, a play-off push was even a possibility at one point.
Bolton then will not want to see the back of him – and considering that he might not get any action at City upon his return, a loan deal could certainly happen again.
However, Trafford himself has admitted to the Manchester Evening News that he isn’t thinking about where his future lies just yet and that he will ‘revisit things’ only when the season has come to a close.
Speaking about it, he said: “To be honest I haven’t had any real discussions and I am going to leave it to City, Xavi Mancisidor, my agent, and revisit things at the end of the season.
“I was dropped out of the team at Accrington, so now I only want to focus on one game at a time and finish this season as strongly as I can.”
James Trafford might have got off to a rocky start with Accrington but he has really found a home at Bolton and they won’t want to let him leave in a hurry.
If they can get him back on another deal, for a full season, in the next campaign then it would be a great deal for Ian Evatt to pull off. You wouldn’t think he will get into the Man City first-team yet and with the club also having a wealth of young goalkeepers, they could afford to ship him out again.
Considering how he has fared since dropping down to play with Bolton in the second half of this campaign, you would have to say he certainly qualifies as a solid option inbetween the sticks at League One level now too.
He has helped the side to win plenty of games since he came to the club – and if they can have him back, they would likely snap up the opportunity.