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Homesickness put a stop to Gary Fraser's Bolton move

Michael Steele

The Gary Fraser transfer was a bit of a strange one. Both clubs had agreed fees and the player had made a trip to Bolton to talk terms and have a medical. Then, it went sour. The deal was off and Gary Fraser had returned to his parent club, Hamilton Academical. We finally know why.

Speaking the Daily Record (by way of Sky Sports News), Accies boss Billy Reid broke down what went wrong:

"I was really shocked to be honest.

"As far as I was aware the move was pretty much done and dusted. The clubs had agreed a fee and we'd moved on.

"I wasn't privy to the discussions about the fee involved but I was pretty certain he'd be away. But Gary decided he didn't feel the move was right for him.

"He didn't feel he was ready to leave his family and a local environment at such a young age. It was a big opportunity for him but he's made his call.

"Gary will have to now work hard here at Accies and hopefully he'll do that and kick on. He has made about 10 appearances for us and it's up to him now to break into the side permanently.

"He's a talented boy. It's not for me to say whether he'll get another chance again. Gary just needs to get his head down and work on his game."

While 18-year-old Fraser was never going to make an immediate for Bolton but could have been a bright, inexpensive prospect for the future.