Bolton Wanderers are set to bring Stephen Ireland in on trial again according to a report from journalist Alan Nixon.
The 31-year-old midfielder, who has been capped six times by the Republic of Ireland, was regarded as a potential star of the future when he was at Manchester City and would go on to make over 100 appearances for them. But with him struggling to get a place in the first team there following the initial investment from Sheikh Mansour, he was used in a swap deal with Aston Villa which saw James Milner head the other way. After struggling for a first team spot there, he went on loan to Newcastle United and then Stoke City with the latter move becoming permanent. He stayed there for four years but was released this summer.
Ireland is now looking for another club and during the summer he had gone on trial with Bolton as he looked to earn a contract. However it seemed like at the time that Ireland hadn’t done enough as the trial ended without an offer, meaning that he was still a free agent and is looking for a new deal. But now it seems like he did do enough to pique their interest at the very least.
The former Stoke City man is now going back to Bolton for a second trial but this time the club will not be looking at his ability as they are happy with that. This trial will be giving the Lancashire club a chance to evaluate Ireland’s fitness and to see if he would be ready to get stuck into Championship football.