Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Moore has said that after speaking with midfielder Ali Crawford, he felt it was the right thing to do to allow him to make a move to fellow League One side Bolton Wanderers on transfer deadline day.

On transfer deadline day, midfielder Ali Crawford was one of nine signings at Bolton Wanderers, joining from fellow League One side Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer. Crawford only joined the club last summer but since the arrival of Darren Moore, his involvement in the first-team picture has been limited.

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As a result, Crawford spoke to Moore about the opportunity to join Bolton, revealing that he wanted to go to a club where he was likely to be given a better chance of more first-team minutes. Speaking about the Scot’s move to Bolton and the discussion they had prior to the move, Moore said to the Doncaster Free Press: 

“I just felt it was right. Me and Ali spoke about the situation. Bolton and Keith had shown a real desire in him. We spoke and it was an adult, open conversation. He just felt it was right for him to go.

“He just wants to compete and play first-team football. Even though the opportunity was here, he felt he would have to wait for the opportunity. Probably at Bolton they are more open to granting him that. That was it really. It was amicable, it was agreed.

“We wish Ali all the success at Bolton and we wish him well going forward for him and his family. He’s done well for us here and even at the start of the season under my reign, he did very good. We both came together, there was an opportunity and it felt like the right thing to do.”


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