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Bye Bye Baby: Mark Connolly Leaves Bolton

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And so it begins. Bolton Wanderers will be having a tumultuous summer, I have no doubt that many players will leave due to relegation and I hope Owen Coyle will be bringing in young, promising players to begin to rebuild the club and get us back in the Premiership. Today, just two days after the club dropped, the first player has packed up his bags to ply his trade in greener pastures. Mark Connolly, defender, Republic of Ireland U21 player, and captain of the reserves has revealed today that he will be leaving the club.

This afternoon the defender tweeted his farewells.

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The Irishman was signed from Wolverhampton Wanderers, reportedly for £1m, in the summer of 2009. He was sent out on loan first to St. Johnstone, then, after spending 2011 with his parent club, to Macclesfield Town. He never made a senior team appearance, but reportedly put in many solid performances for the reserves, and made it to the bench of the big boys several times. Mark Connolly was one of the reserves I was really looking forward to seeing graduate to full team, especially in an environment like the Championship, and I am genuinely sad to see him leave. Best of luck to him wherever he ends up.

This exit has opened the door from Bolton Wanderers Football Club. Connolly was the first to leave, but he certainly won't be the last. It's going to be a long summer.