Trialist defender Joey O’Brien played 45 minutes for Bolton Wanderers’ Under-23s side against Bristol City at Leyland on Monday evening.

The 31-year-old Dublin born full-back started his footballing career with The Trotters 13 years ago and the player is currently training with the club in a bid to earn a return to The Macron Stadium.

O’Brien played the first half for Bolton Wanderers against Bristol City this evening before being replaced by Matt Fearnley at the break. Wanderers won the match 1-0 thanks to a second half goal from Ogo Obi.

Former Republic of Ireland defender O’Brien made 70 appearances for The Trotters during a seven-year spell with the club. The player was part of a Wanderers side which enjoyed an adventure in the UEFA Cup in the 2005/2006 season while he played alongside many international stars during his time in Lancashire.

After falling out of favour at The Macron Stadium, O’Brien spent a short loan spell with Sheffield Wednesday before joining West Ham United in 2011. The defender helped The Hammers to promotion to the English Premier League in his first season at Upton Park and the player went on to make 105 appearances for the club, scoring three goals prior to his release in summer 2016.

O’Brien has battled against injury problems for several months and proving his fitness to the Bolton Wanderers medical staff is the first hurdle which the player must clear to get his career back on track.

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