After their relegation from the Championship, Bolton looked in a sorry state with an immediate return from the second tier looking unlikely.
The appointment of Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson added some optimism but there would still have to be some strong transfer business.
In total, 11 new faces arrived throughout the summer transfer window as Parkinson looked to rebuild his squad ahead of the campaign.
Ben Alnwick, Mark Howard, Jamie Proctor, Keshi Anderson, Sammy Ameobi and James Henry were amongst those to arrive, as did a League One playoff finalist from the previous campaign.
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After reaching the League One playoff final with Millwall in the previous season Mark Beevers made the move to Bolton on a free transfer.
The centre-back had scored a first-half goal for the Lions at Wembley but it was not enough as they crashed to a 3-1 defeat to Barnsley.
But he was a defender with a good reputation and one that the fans were delighted to see arrive:
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He would go on to become one of the club’s most important players in the next few seasons.
Immediate success arrived in the 2016/17 season with the Trotters as he played every minute of every game apart from the away clash with Rochdale.
He was a picture of solidity at the back and was absolutely crucial in their triumphant title win as the club bounced straight back to the second-tier at the first time of asking.
During the 2017/18 campaign, he was equally prevalent, although did miss two games this time, as they narrowly avoided the drop.