After securing promotion back into the Sky Bet Championship at the first attempt, Bolton Wanderers have today announced that five players will not be offered contract extensions. None of them could be described as major surprises, considering none of them could be classified as regular starters.
UPDATE (19th May 2017):
Lawrie Wilson, Dean Moxey and Mark Davies will all be leaving Bolton too after it was revealed today that none of these would be offered contract extensions with the Trotters. Boss Phil Parkinson ‘wished them well for the future’, as all three now become free agents and search for a new club.
Manager Phil Parkinson is still to have discussions with the remainder of out of contract players at the club. However they all clearly are players that the Bolton boss would ideally like to keep, judging by the fact he hasn’t told them already that they’re no longer required anymore.
Perhaps the highest profile name to be confirmed as a departure is midfielder Liam Trotter. He started 17 of their 46 League One matches over the past season, scoring two goals in the process. The last match he started however was back in February, although he did begin the campaign as a regular in Parkinson’s midfield.
Experienced defender Lewis Buxton has also been told that he can go, in addition to versatile defender Reece Wabara. Tom Walker is another to be told that he can go. He came through the ranks at Bolton but spent time out on loan at divisional rivals Bury over the past season. Goalkeeper Will Jaaskelainen, son of Jussi, is another that has been told he is no longer needed.
Striker Conor Wilkinson has also been informed that he is essentially available for transfer. The forward has had several loan spells away from the club over the last few years, most recently spending time at Chesterfield.
Released: Lawrie Wilson, Dean Moxey, Mark Davies, Reece Wabara, Lewis Buxton, Tom Walker, Liam Trotter & Will Jaaskelainen.
Available for transfer: Conor Wilkinson.