Yesterday, Bolton Wanderers published the Retained List, which was really more of a who's who of players leaving the club. Jussi Jaaskelainen and Zat Knight were also mentioned in that announcement, saying that the club was currently in contract discussions with them, while Sam Ricketts and Kevin Davies have signed new contracts. However in all of this one of our best players of the past season was not mentioned at all. The club was mum about Martin Petrov. Luckily our chairman has been less than mum and taken to the Twitters.
There are several theories bouncing around in relation to his contract. Some people are saying that an extension clause in his contract has been triggered by the amount of appearances he made this season, which seems the likeliest story. He also could have resigned, hopefully with a wage cut, out of loyalty to the club. At 33, he is no spring chicken, but there is no denying that Petrov is an absolutely class player and still has a lot to give Bolton. Retaining him is incredibly good news, however the contract specifics were worked out.