Bolton’s new number 9, between 2014-16, led the frontline of Fleetwood Town. He scored 12 in 64 appearances before leaving on loan to Phil Parkinson’s Bradford City in January, a deal which he made permanent in February of the same year. Upon his arrival at Bolton Wanderers, Phil Parkinson described him as a player who would run through brick walls for the club.
Proctor started his career with his local club, Preston North End, having been born in Ingol. In January 2010, aged 16, he made his pro debut as a substitute against Reading in a 4-1 defeat at the Madejski Stadium. He was sent out to Stockport on loan in the summer loan market and made seven appearances without scoring. Proctor came back to score his first goal for Preston North End against Watford on the last game of the 2010/11 season.
In the beginnings of the new season, Proctor formed a three man strike force with Iain Hume and Neil Mellor. He was prolific in preseason, bagging ten goals in seven games, and even scored a hatrick against Fleetwood Town in the league. After injuries plagued the trio, Proctor failed to score again that season.
Proctor attracted the eye of championship teams such as Blackpool and Crystal Palace, he was eventually signed in 2012 by Swansea City. He never made an appearance for the club and was sent out on loan to Shrewsbury and played four games.
Proctor left to join Crawley in the January window for an undisclosed fee. He scored 15 in 60 and turned down a contract, allowing him to sign for Fleetwood on a free. After scoring 12 times in 74 appearances, he went to Bradford on loan and cancelled his contract, which was due to expire at the end of the season, in order to sign permanently with Bradford. This also allowed Devante Cole to move to Fleetwood for an undisclosed fee.
During his time with Parkinson, he scored on his debut and helped the to a league one play off place, scoring in the semi-final against Millwall.
Proctor signed for Bolton in July of this year, scoring on his full debut against Blackpool in the disappointing 4-2 defeat in the EFL Cup.
He is a powerful and brave player who, in recent weeks, has impressed fans by playing in a strike partnership with Gary Madine. He is a striker ideal for Parkinson’s system and has been an important part of Bolton’s recent victories. Currently, he has a hamstring injury, which could rule him out of the Fleetwood game.