Stephen Ireland’s contract with Bolton Wanderers has been cancelled by mutual consent, as confirmed by their official club website today.

The 32-year-old joined the Championship side on a short-term deal in October but has had his time at the University of Bolton Stadium cut short.

Ireland, who is an experienced midfielder, will have to weigh up his next move. He is a player who has racked up over 300 appearances in his career but has had significant injury problems over recent years.

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He started out at Irish side Cobh Ramblers before he was snapped up by Manchester City in 2001. He went onto play 176 games for City in his nine years there before departing in 2010 to join Aston Villa.

Ireland was loaned out to Newcastle United for the latter part of his first season at Villa Park. He spent three seasons with Aston Villa and played 57 games for them. He then moved to their Premier League rivals Stoke City in 2013.

However, his time at Stoke was affected by injury and he only played 5 games in the past two seasons. His move to Bolton was a chance to get some game time under his belt and get his career back on track but it has not worked out for one reason or another.

Bolton have wished Ireland luck in his future endeavours.

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