Dougie Freedman has made his first two signings of the summer as Bolton Wanderers get ready for a busy pre-season. We knew that the signings were coming and while this isn't the Jermaine Beckford move that has been thrown around, they are two players that will help Bolton in the future.
The two players are full-back Hayden White, formerly of Sheffield Wednesday, and striker Conor Wilkinson, formerly of Millwall. They are 17 and 18-years-old, respectively.
White, a winger-turned-defender for Wednesday, was previously tracked by Manchester United (per a report in the Mirror) and had just signed a professional contract with Sheffield Wednesday in April 2013. He traveled with the squad to Wednesday's match the day after away to Millwall but did not participate.
Wilkinson, an Ireland youth international, was previously approached by Portuguese side Benfica but Millwall had rejected the trial offer. The striker made a number of appearances for the Lions' U21s, scoring six goals in the first half of the season and making the bench for the senior side as part of Millwall's FA Cup run to the semi-finals. He had apparently rejected a pro contract offer at Millwall in order to join Bolton.
Per Bolton News writer Marc Iles, Dougie Freedman was upbeat about the signings:
Have a couple of calls out about the two new boys but quick browse round the web makes good reading. DF very enthusiastic too. More in BN.— Marc Iles (@MarcIles) May 14, 2013
Fans from both Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday were generally upset that their respective clubs lost the prospects.
Wilkinson apparently has some nice goals in him, as evidenced by the video below. Skip to the 3:20 mark and mute the video (the music is awful).