After Aaron Wilbraham’s final day heroics saved Bolton Wanderers from what looked like certain relegation last season, Phil Parkinson was keen to avoid similar drama this time around.
A massive 21 new signings were made between the end of that match and the new season with the likes of Josh Magennis, Erhun Oztumer, Jason Lowe and Clayton Donaldson all arriving.
One new face who perhaps raised a few eyebrows amongst fans of other Football League clubs was that of centre-back Jack Hobbs.
This is FLW Rewind where we take a look back at a big decision made by a club, analyse the initial reaction and document what happened next.
✍ Incoming! Bolton Wanderers are pleased to announce the signing of Jack Hobbs on a one-year deal.
— Bolton Wanderers FC (@OfficialBWFC) July 30, 2018
After being released by Nottingham Forest at the end of the 2017/18 campaign, Hobbs was snapped up by Parkinson on a free transfer.
The defender had suffered horrendous luck with injuries during his spell with the Reds making just 86 appearances in four years at the City Ground, but the 30-year-old clearly showed enough during his trial with the Trotters to prove his worth.
It was a signing that pleased the fans as well, although largely with the condition he stays fit:
— josh edgerley (@josh_edgerley02) July 30, 2018
Glad we took our time. 8 weeks is a good test for someone with a history of injuries.
— Simon Kp (@Simonkp95) July 30, 2018
Solid signing if we keep him fit???? Welcome to the club Jack
— Alex W ⚽ (@Alex_W_96) July 30, 2018
These fans will have been forgiven for fearing the worst at the start of the season.
He was named on the bench for the season opener against West Brom and then again for the visit of Bristol City before dropping out the squad completely.
Had another injury occurred to blight his career further?
In fact, it was not until the club’s 8th match of the season that Hobbs made an appearance, coming on as a substitute in the 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough.
But, in that half-an-hour cameo, he impressed.
Since then, the former Forest and Leicester City man has proven that he was well worth the gamble with some brilliant displays at the back against some of the league’s toughest opposition.
It may have taken a while but Jack Hobbs’ Bolton career looks to be well and truly up and running.