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SIGNING: Moxey Joins, Door Closes on Parr?

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Bolton strengthen at the back!

Michael Regan

Bolton Wanderers and manager Dougie Freedman have raided Crystal Palace for an out of contract defender, however it is not, as was thought, Jonathan Parr - instead the Whites have signed 28 year old full back Dean Moxey on a free transfer.

Born in Exeter, the Devonshire lad began his professional career with his home town team, where he graduated through the ranks before turning pro and making over 170 appearances with the club between 2003 and 2009 before he was spotted by Derby County scouts, making the move to Pride Park in May 2009 for a fee in the region of £300,000.

He made his first appearance in the 2-1 win over Peterborough United, and spent the majority of his first season at Derby battling with former Blackburn Rovers man Jay McEveley to be the club's first-choice left back. Moxey won that battle and eventually finished the season with 31 starts from the clubs 51-game programme.

After 52 appearances, he moved to Crystal Palace for a fee believed to be in the region of £400,000 in January 2011. Moxey went on to make his debut in the 1-0 home victory against Middlesbrough on 5 February. Within a couple of months of his arrival, Moxey established himself as a fan's favourite amongst the Palace faithful because of his attacking runs down the left wing and his solid defensive play.

He made 20 appearances for Palace in the Premier League last season.

His move to Bolton sees direct competition to Marc Tierney, who is out injured at the moment, and Tim Ream who performed the task ably in Tierney's absence. He is the second defensive signing of the window following the arrival of Dorian Dervite on a free from Charlton Athletic.