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Officially official: Craig Davies signs for two-and-a-half years

Ross Kinnaird

Dougie Freedman's first permanent signing as Bolton Wanderers manager has just been completed. Craig Davies is officially a Trotter now and moves to the Reebok Stadium on a two-and-a-half year deal for the low price of £300,000.

Craig Davies leaves Oakwell where he played for Barnsley for the last one-and-a-half years. In that stretch, he racked up 65 appearances in all competitions and scored 20 goals. This season, he has appeared 20 times for the Tykes and scored eight with four of those coming in a 5-1 drubbing of Birmingham City. One of those eight goals came against Bolton as he tucked a long drive into the bottom corner (as far into the corner as possible) on his return from a hamstring injury.

Prior to joining Barnsley, Davies played at Chesterfield for a season and managed 25 goals from 44 appearances in all competitions. 23 of those goals came in the league.

Dougie Freedman shared his thoughts on the signing with Bolton's official site:

"Craig is a player I am really fond of. I actually tried to sign him a couple of years ago and he will bring all the right ingredients to our club.

"He is hungry. He hasn't got the t-shirt of playing in the Premier League, but is desperate to get it. He's a good age and represents very good value for the football club.

"He is the type of player I want around the place."

Davies could be handed his debut as soon as this Saturday against Millwall or Tuesday against Sunderland.

Welcome to Bolton, Craig. Now, score some goals please.

UPDATE: Craig Davies will wear the number 28 shirt this season, the number that Andy Kellett was given at the beginning of the season.