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Tom Eaves set for Rotherham loan, Cian Bolger likely to go next

Chris Brunskill

Dougie Freedman is set to free up some wages while getting at least one player some on-loan experience. According to both Bolton Wanderers and Rotherham United, young and tall Trotters striker, Tom Eaves, will go out on loan.

The League One side have started the season very strongly after winning automatic promotion from League Two at the end of last season. They currently sit fourth in the table on 15 points (just one behind second and third-place Peterborough and Wolverhampton Wanderers, respectively), averaging two goals in each each of their first seven games. Tom Eaves will spend the rest of this week training with the Millers with the move set to become officially officially in time for the weekend match against Walsall.

Speaking to Rotherham's official website, manager Steve Evans discussed the move:

"Tom will train with us for a couple of days and subject to no last minute hitches, I would expect the formal documentation to be completed allowing the lad to be in the squad for the match at Walsall on Saturday.

"He is a striker who will compliment what we have, he is big, strong, quick and scores a goal. A number of clubs have asked about signing the lad so I am grateful to Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman for his personal input and support that will see Tom become a Miller."

Eaves spent last season on loan at League Two's Bristol Rovers before moving up a division to Shrewsbury Town in League One. He managed 13 goals in 27 appearances in all competitions across those two stints.

Dougie Freedman had said just last week that the loan was due with early reports linking Eaves to Bradford City, who also won promotion from League Two. That quote came in a Bolton News interview with the manager, who had also mentioned that Cian Bolger was next to go out on loan:

"Josh [Vela] has gone over the under-21 stage, the same for Tom [Eaves] and Cian [Bolger]. They are caught in between where we need to send them out to keep developing them and play them."

Cian Bolger joined Bolton Wanderers last January as one of Dougie's first permanent signings as manager. Prior to signing from Leicester City, Bolger spent three different stints on loan at Bristol Rovers, including one last season. His and Tom Eaves' time with the gas did not overlap, however, with Bolger forced to leave early with a knee injury.