Bolton Wanderers have signed former Nottingham Forest and Leicester City defender Jack Hobbs on a free transfer.

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The experienced centre back has signed a one year deal at the Macron Stadium as Phil Parkinson looks to sure up his leaky defence ahead of the new Championship campaign.

After being released by Aitor Karanka at the end of last season, Hobbs left Nottingham Forest in the hope of finding a new club.

He had an injury plagued time at the City Ground and was restricted to just 50 Championship appearances in four years at the club.

However, he has impressed Parkinson whilst on trial at the club and he will now be keen to put his injury troubles behind him and help the Trotters preserve their status in the second tier.

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Hobbs began his career at Lincoln City before earning a move to Premier League giants Liverpool in 2005.

He spent four years at Anfield but only made two appearances in the Premier League.

The defender signed for Leicester on a permanent basis in 2009, after impressing on loan, and he made a name for himself at the King Power Stadium.

He then moved to Hull City in 2011 where he had 3 successful years before finding himself at Nottingham Forest in 2014.

Speaking to the club website, Hobbs said: “I’m delighted to get the deal over the line.

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“Obviously I’ve been up here with the team training for a few weeks now and to have agreed a year-long contract is fantastic. I just can’t wait to get started now.”

After conceding far to many goals last season, Phil Parkinson will be hoping the addition of Hobbs can help tighten up his defence and push the club away from the relegation zone.


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