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Transfer News: Bolton Wanderers announce first signing of the season

After months without a signing, Bolton have got the ball rolling for the 2016/2017 season.

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After what has seemed an eternity, Bolton Wanderers have finally made a signing for the first time in 2016, and the first signing of the Dean Holdsworth/Ken Anderson era.

Oldham born 29 year old winger Chris Taylor began his career with hometown club Oldham Athletic in 2005, and went on to play 285 times at Boundary Park in seven years. During his time with Oldham, Taylor was named in the 2009 League One PFA team of the year.

Taylor then moved to Millwall on a free in 2012, but only spent a year at the Den before moving to Blackburn Rovers in 2013. Taylor spent three years at Ewood Park, and also had a brief spell back at Millwall on loan at the end of last season, playing in the Play-Off final defeat to Barnsley.

Upon Taylor's arrival, Phil Parkinson has stated:

''We've tracked Chris for a while now, so it's great to get the deal over the line. He's an excellent character and plays with real desire. He'll fit straight into the squad.''

It's expected that the signing of Taylor is going to be closely followed by the arrival of former Bradford City striker Jamie Proctor, who is scheduled to travel to Sweden on Sunday with the rest of the squad, as well the possibility of former Millwall centre back Mark Beevers.

Bolton also today announced the arrival of Matt Barrass from Bradford City as the club's new head physio. Barrass is the grandson of former Wanderers player Malcolm Barrass, who played for Bolton from 1944 to 1956, and also featured in the 1953 FA Cup final, otherwise known as the 'Stanley Matthews Final'.