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Bolton Wanderers' Summer Departures: Any Regrets?

Chris looks at all our summer departures and wonders if we missed a trick anywhere

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You know what they say - you should never go back.

That might be true of women and employment, but in the world of football it's ignored time after time.

So I thought it might be interesting to take a look at the players sold/released by Bolton Wanderers before the start of the 2015/16 season, and check out how they're getting on - and if perhaps we made the odd mistake by letting them leave:

Keith Andrews - released, then retired

The man, the myth - the perm. Andrews' made 26 appearances for Bolton before being shunted out on loan to Brighton, to Watford and to MK Dons before retiring after being released.

Regrets? Zero.

Jermaine Beckford - released, and moved to Preston North End

Proud owner of 7 goals in nearly 50 appearances for Wanderers, Beckford made his loan deal permanent by joining PNE in the summer. Injury has stifled his progress ever since.

Regrets? A few, but then I remember how bad he was.

Adam Bogdan - signed for Liverpool on a Bosman free transfer

Ah this is the one that gets me emotional. We dragged him up through the ranks until he inherited the no.1 jersery from (no.22-wearing) Jussi Jaaskelainen. He went on to make 104 appearances for the club, and left for Liverpool this summer where he has yet to make a league appearance, performing as understudy to Simon Mignolet.

Regrets? More than you could ever comprehend. A genuine first-class goalkeeper.

Craig Davies - released, and joined Wigan Athletic

Welsh forward Davies failed to set the world alight at Bolton, with a mere 10 goals in 53 games. Rarely fit, he has a tattoo on him arm that simply says DAVIES. Read into that what you will.

Regrets? None whatsoever. You can't rely on someone who's hamstrings are made out of marshmallow.

Georg Iliev - released, no idea

Bulgarian youngster Iliev was highly thought of in the reserve ranks, but never really made an impression on Wanderers fans with his failure to progress to the first team.

Regrets? Some, but you can't miss what you've never had - or so I'm told.

Chris Lester - released, present whereabouts unknown

Another highly rated academy prospect, Lester has vanished into the footballing ether, though is presently bantering his face off on Twitter. I wish him well. Not with the bantz though.

Regrets? None, sadly. Not all starlets can make it.

Andy Lonergan - contracted expired and signed for Fulham

Erstwhile second choice keeper, he had his moments in the first team but never truly convinced. Once former Manchester United man Ben Amos came in an showed us all what he could do then the writing was on the wall for Lonergan.

Regrets? None. We've signed an upgrade in Amos.

Matt Mills - contract expired and signed for Dougie Freedman at Nottingham Forest

Owner of the world's worst Instagram account, serial 'ledge' Mills has a dickhead's haircut, and the footballing ability to match. Purveyor of long balls out of play, and not afraid to shout at younger teammates, he is welcome at Nottingham Forest. Good riddance.

Regrets? Less than none.

Eidur Gudjohnsen - contract expired, and fucked off to China the bastard

This is a really sad one in that his contract ran down and he chose to move to China. Fair play to him, but it still hurt.

Regrets? More than you could ever truly know

Alex Baptiste - sold to Middlesbrough

Versatile right/left/centre back, his Wanderers career never really took off although he thrived on loan at rivals Blackburn Rovers last season. His move to Boro began with a badly broken leg on his debut.

Regrets? Some. I feel that we didn't really see the best of a talented player.

Samni Odelusi - sold to Wigan Athletic

Another one who spent a lot of time in the academy, and had a sparkling performance against Shrewsbury Town in the cup, with two goals, but injury curtailed his time at the club.

Regrets? A few. I would have liked to have seen him progress further, but it wasn't to be.

Tim Ream - sold to Fulham

American centre half, who became our first-choice left back under Neil Lennon and Dougie Freedman. Comfortable on the ball, but who had a weakness when it came to positional play and when pushed by a physical opponent. A classy player, despite this.

Regrets? Just ask Dan Murphy.

Andy Kellett - sold to Wigan Athletic

Another weird one, we'll never forget his deadline day move to Manchester United on loan. He has dropped down to League One with Wigan, where he has struggled to set the world alight thus far.


So what do you think? Any that we should have kept on? Let me know in your comments below the line.