Bolton Wanderers will be returning to the Championship next season after clinching automatic promotion from League One.
Phil Parkinson’s men needed to rebuild after a disastrous 2015/16 campaign in the second tier, in which time the Trotters finished bottom of the pile amid troubles on and off the pitch.
Yet the Lancashire-based outfit did just that 12 months ago and, under the stewardship of former Bradford chief Parkinson, Bolton finished second in the third tier to secure an immediate return to the Championship, finishing four points clear of third place Scunthorpe United.
And their attentions will already be turning to their second tier campaign next term, and who could come into the Bolton squad and strengthen it so that they retain their Championship status this time next year.
And one man they could look to land this summer is former Blackburn and Brighton centre-back Gordon Greer, who will be released by the former at the end of the month after just one season at Ewood Park.
The 36-year-old played 21 times for Tony Mowbray’s side last term but was unable to keep the club in the Championship, although Greer didn’t feature again for the Latics following their 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers back in February.
And although his best days are certainly behind him, there’s little doubt that his experience and know-how at second tier level could hugely benefit Parkinson’s Trotters next term.
The Scotland international has played 199 games at Championship level in his career with Doncaster, Brighton, and Blackburn, experiencing a variety of different situations be it near the top and fighting for promotion, or near the bottom and fighting for your lives.
Greer captained the Seagulls to a tenth place finish in their first season in the second tier back in 2011/12, demonstrating a know-how in helping establish a team in the Championship following promotion, and was also a key part of the side that suffered play-off heartbreak in 2013, 2014, and then again in 2016.
He continued to lead that Brighton team which continuously bounced back from adversity, namely play-off disappointment, and as captain some of that resilience must have come from him, who continued to prove to be one of the best centre-backs in the division at the South Coast outfit.
And although there is a slight blot on his CV following Blackburn’s relegation last term, the 36-year-old has accrued an enormous amount of Championship experience which will surely rub off on a Bolton side returning to the second tier next term.
He is unlikely to be a regular starter for Parkinson, given their other centre-back options, but having someone like that around the place, both on and off the field, will surely benefit the Trotters in their quest to first survive in the second tier, and then establish themselves in the division once again.
Thus, Bolton boss Parkinson should look to offer the out-of-contract star a deal to move to the Macron Stadium this summer.