Bolton Wanderers striker Josh Magennis has returned to pre-season training with the Trotters, despite being linked with a move to Glasgow Rangers, as reported by the Bolton News.
The former Charlton striker is one of the players affected by the recent financial troubles at the club and could have handed his notice in and walked away. That led to him being linked with a move to the SPFL, not only to Steven Gerrard’s side but also Heart of Midlothian.
The striker finished last season as the leading scorer for Phil Parkinson’s team, but only hit seven in all competitions. However, having joined for £200,000 from Charlton just a year ago, his return to the club is a rare bit of positive news for long-suffering fans.
Bolton begin next season in League One with a 12-point deduction, as well as facing a takeover which has yet to happen. They’re down to bare bones in terms of players having experienced an exodus over the summer.
This is big news for Bolton. It might only seem to be a small crumb of comfort in the grand scheme of things, but it’s certainly something they can feel positive about.
Magennis might not have been prolific last season, but he’s tried and tested in League One and they’re going to need every bit of help they can get with that points deduction.
There is still a long way to go this summer before they’re ready for the season ahead, but having just one player return appears to stem the flow of talent out of the club.
If the takeover is sorted soon they can perhaps begin to look forward, rather than lament their luck of the past year or two.