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Stephen Warnock Wants To Prove His Worth

“It was difficult but you've got to respect the fact each manager makes his own decisions," said Warnock about his choice to leave Villa, at least temporarily.

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It's been just under a week since Stephen Warnock made his move to the Reebok Stadium on a three month loan from Aston Villa. The defender was placed in Bolton's 18-man squad for last weekends match away to Sheffield Wednesday but didn't get a chance to come off the bench.

This morning, Owen Coyle announced that Marcos Alonso picked up a knock last weekend and while the Spanish defender could be fit in time for the weekend, Warnock now has a chance of slotting right in. Warnock was due to get some time in a reserve match scheduled for last Monday but that affair had to be postponed due to weather.

Warnock spoke to the Bolton News about his time at Villa and what he can offer Bolton Wanderers:

"I think the way I look at it now is that my time at Villa has probably passed, so things have to move on. I can't say I want to be here for a certain amount of years because that's the manager's decision, and it's up to me to prove I can earn a contract here, be part of the manager's plans, and be here longer term.

"As soon as you get told you're surplus to requirements, you are a footballer and you want to get out and play football.

"I could have sat on the rest of my contract and seen it out but I'm not that type of person. I want to play games and whether that meant dropping down a level, then so be it.

"I want to get back enjoying it and hopefully that will happen here."

Being deemed surplus by manager Paul Lambert really left Warnock no choice but to try to kick-start his career elsewhere:

"Myself and Alan Hutton had been deemed surplus to requirement. The manager had his own way of doing things but I'm not looking back at that now. I'm at Bolton and hoping to get some games under my belt, and to climb the table.

"It was difficult but you've got to respect the fact each manager makes his own decisions.

"I'm not a troublemaker or anything like that, so I'd like to think I could have trained with the first team, but that's the manager's decision and he has his own way of doing things."

Finally, he thanked Bolton for offering him the opportunity:

"I'd like to think I've looked after myself and I had a discussion with the manager prior to the Sheffield Wednesday game about where I was at. I'd have liked to play on Monday night, but I'm feeling okay and ready to be called upon if the manager needs me.

"I honestly don't care. The fact I can play one of three positions is a bonus, I suppose. And I'm sure that's part of why the manager wanted to bring me in."