Forest Green Rovers striker Christian Doidge has admitted he wasn’t surprised his move to Bolton Wanderers collapsed in the January transfer window.

The 26-year-old joined the Championship side on a loan deal last summer which was intended to be made permanent in January. However, due to the Trotters’ off-the-field issues the move was cancelled and Doidge returned to his parent.

He has since made an impact in League Two but has found it tough returning to Mark Cooper’s side after his collapsed move.

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Doidge has said, as per Stroud News and Journal: “I always knew something was going to happen. The day that it happened it was like, ‘I’ve been waiting for this to happen,’ because obviously behind the scenes at Bolton they’re not in a very good position and the boys talk in the changing room and it was kind of something I was expecting. 

“I’ve just got to move on now and concentrate on Forest Green because I love it here, It’s the club I’ve had my best experiences with and I’m hoping for many more.” 

Doidge also added: “It wasn’t that my head wasn’t on it but it’s hard. I got a move to the Championship and then you’re back in League Two. My last game was against Stoke City who had just come down from the Premier League so that’s difficult.”

I was someone who played in Welsh Division Two about six years ago with no linesman and then I’m playing in the Championship with Bolton”.


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