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Bolton sign homesick player, send him right back out on loan

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Stu Forster

Bolton Wanderers have completed the signing of 19-year-old Scottish central midfielder Gary Fraser. He will be loaned straight back out, this time to newly-promoted Partick Thistle, of the Scottish Premier League. Hamilton Academical. He is one for the future. Many readers will recall Fraser's name from January because that is when Bolton were originally set to sign him from Hamilton.

Wanderers agreed a deal with the Scottish side for Fraser at the tail end of the January window in what was a surprise move for the Whites. A few days later, the deal was cancelled with homesickness on the player's part being the driving force in the decision. Following the decision to cancel the move, Hamilton Academical tweeted "Gary Fraser will be in as normal tomorrow, his proposed move to Bolton is not happening at the moment. Club are delighted if he is continuing his development with us at this time."

Speaking to the Daily Record in January, Accies boss Billy Reid discussed the change of heart:

"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."

Hamilton Academical players have had a recent history of success with of Wigan's James McCarthy and James McArthur. Bolton Wanderers played a summer friendly against the Accies in 2012 with Owen Coyle's side losing 2-0 away.

Gary Fraser become's Bolton's sixth signing of the summer, following Marc Tierney, Alex Baptiste, Rob Hall, Hayden White, and Conor Wilkinson.