26: Liam Feeney

Tom Dulat

Name: Liam Feeney

Squad Number: 7

Position: Winger

Joined: July 2014

Contract Expires: June 2016

Liam Feeney is a new addition to the Bolton Wanderers squad, having signed a two-year deal at the Macron Stadium following the expiry of his Millwall FC contract this summer. Feeney will be a welcome signing for most Wanderers fans this season, having impressed during a brief loan stint at the club last season.

The tricky winger has enjoyed a slow and steady rise through the footballing ranks, starting out at non-league outfit Hayes before joining Conference side Salisbury City in 2007. His promise at non-league level was rewarded with a move to then League Two side Bournemouth for whom he contributed 12 league goals across three seasons, including helping his side to promotion in 2010.

His lower league form earned a £200,000 move to Championship club Millwall, where he spent three seasons but found himself shipped out on loan to Wanderers and local rivals Blackburn Rovers last season. Rumours of Feeney joining The Trotters permanently surfaced in January, with Dougie Freedman feeling the wrath of Lions boss Ian Holloway over his pursuit of the winger, but it took until the summer for the Scot to get his man.

Despite only playing four times during his short time at the Reebok last season, Feeney proved himself to be a real threat to Championship defences. He added pace and directness to an attack that all too often looked stagnant and painfully predictable.

Feeney has featured heavily in Dougie Freedman’s pre-season selections and has again looked largely dangerous, performing particularly impressively against Brondby and Macclesfield and creating a goal for Matt Mills at Port Vale.

The London-born winger adds a different element to the Bolton attack, as he’s probably the only player we have that will get wide, make a run to the byline and look to deliver a cross into the box. If Wanderers can add a striker to their squad, then Feeney’s exciting wing play and crossing prowess should create numerous goal scoring opportunities.

Given his pre-season form Feeney should not only be a guaranteed starter for the opening match at Watford on Saturday, he promises to be one of Wanderers’ key players for the season ahead. One area he does need to work on is scoring goals, having only found the net 28 times in his 256 professional league games. Freedman will be looking for more goals from the winger to fuel a promotion push following a largely disappointing campaign in 2013/14.

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