Bolton Wanderers' new 19-year-old signing, Gary Fraser, is just about a completely unknown quantity to Wanderers fans. Bolton first tried signing the midfielder in January and had actually agreed a deal for the player. A few days after it looked as though everything was done, Fraser headed home to Scotland, apparently home sick and not ready for life in England.
Earlier this summer, Gary Fraser cancelled his contract at Hamilton Academical alongside another U20 player, Jack McCue, allowing him to freely seek a new challenge. Last season, Fraser made 15 appearances for the Accies, after coming through the club's academy after joining from Celtic.
Fraser would spend his summer looking for a new club before linking up with Bolton Wanderers. One of his stops before the Reebok was in a friendly for Partick Thistle at Annan Athletic last Tuesday, the day before signing for Bolton. The Jags would win 1-5 away at Annan's Galabank with Gary Fraser heavily impressing in the win.
The 19-year-old started the match for Partick Thistle, going 73 minutes in the outing before making way. In those 73 minutes, Fraser would score twice, adding his goals with the Jags already well in control. His first goal came on 61 minutes with an effort from 25 yards. The swerving shot fooled the goalkeeper and found its way into the back of the net, giving Thistle their fourth of the day.
Five minutes later, Fraser would add his second goal, this time from close range. Jordan McMillan, coming down the left wing, crossed the ball into the area and it was Fraser on the end of it, finishing from close range.
Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald was very impressed by Fraser following his great showing against Annan, telling the Evening Times:
"Gary has got a choice to make as to where he wants to go. He is a very, very good footballer.
"I invited him in to train with us and he has been brilliant. I think he has enjoyed his time with us.
"He came to Durham with us and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is down to Gary what he wants to do now, he is a very talented boy and he has got options.
"He is 18 years old and he stood out a mile. You could see his quality."
Bolton Wanderers have not yet officially confirmed the Fraser signing or the apparent news that he'll be heading straight back out on loan to Partick Thistle, where he should be able to get first team minutes in the Scottish Premier League.