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Officially official: Gary Fraser loaned out to Partick Thistle

Jeff J Mitchell

Just about as soon as he was in, Gary Fraser is gone again. As was previously reported when he first signed, the young Scottish central midfielder will spend six months on loan at Scottish Premier League side Partick Thistle, per an official release from the club. Fraser had played in two matches for Bolton's U18s in their pre-season friendly.

Fraser had played for Thistle earlier in the pre-season, training with the side and starring in a friendly against Annan Athletic. In that friendly, Fraser scored a second-half brace and thoroughly impressed manager Alan Archibald. Following that friendly, Archibald told 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."

Wanderers originally agreed a deal for Fraser back in January but he rejected the deal on account of homesickness and would spend the next six months with his old side, Hamilton Academical. In the summer, the two parties cancelled Fraser's contract and he moved to Bolton on a free, signing a two year deal with the Trotters.

We'll be following Fraser's progress in Scotland closely over the course of his loan.