Surprising news has come out of the Reebok Stadium tonight with the announcement that Development Squad member Gary Fraser has left the club to join Partick Thistle on a free transfer.
The Scottish club released a statement:
We are delighted to confirm that midfielder Gary Fraser will be rejoining the Club.
This time, however, Gary isn't signing up at Firhill on loan but is joining the Club on a two and half year deal; thus keeping him at Firhill until May 2016.
The 19 year old started Thistle's first game of the current season against Dundee United and he made a total of 4 first team appearances while on loan from Bolton only for injury and a lengthy suspension to keep him out of the side.
Gary started his career with Celtic as a youth player before moving to Hamilton Accies making his debut against Livingston in August 2011.
In total he made 14 first team appearances with Hamilton before leaving the club at the conclusion of last season.
He spent a part of pre-season with Thistle before signing a deal with Bolton Wanderers but the talented midfielder is now a Partick Thistle player and should prove to be an asset both for the remainder of this season and the foreseeable seasons to come.
Fraser came to prominence in October 2013 after attacking an opponent in an U20 league fixture against Dunfermline Athletic.
He was cited by the SFA compliance officer and faced a potential one-year ban from Scottish football, though was eventually banned for a total of nine games.
We all wish Gary well for the future.