In the last 24 hours, AFC Wimbledon have completed the signing of former Wanderers man Liam Trotter, reportedly on a two year deal.
Despite struggling to find a club after his departure from Wanderers which saw the central midfielder have trials at Scunthorpe United and Rotherham United, another League One club in the form of AFC Wimbledon have finally come to Trotter's aid. The move to the Cherry Red Records stadium will see him re-appear in blue as a familiar face to many a club whom he faced in a Wanderers shirt last season.
Having scored for Wanderers in our very first away game in League One at Wimbledon last August, it doesn't come as a surprise that they emerged as a contender having been given such a limited period to offer his services given the difficulty of breaking into a Parkinson team which was so rarely changed. Upon being tried out by Parkinson, the beginning of this season was one of the best stints we've seen of Trotter in a Bolton shirt since his return from a loan spell at Nottingham Forest the previous season, but failed to capitalise further on the chance handed to him by the gaffer which eventually lead to him being out of favour as the season wore on. A move it seems, therefore, was much needed.
The 28-year-old has featured in pre-season twice already, both times in a Scunthorpe shirt for 90 minutes each, which will come as a positive to 'Dons boss Neal Eardley as he will not have to worry about getting Trotter up to speed before the start of the season and will be in contention for the opening day amongst the other six signings which they have made. After reportedly declining to join Scunthorpe on their pre-season tour of Austria, it seems as if an offer from Wimbledon was already on the table at this point, which clearly became the preferred option for Trotter.
It seems as if Trotter may have found his level in League One and I hope he will become a prominent force for them in their ambitions for the season and will prove those who doubted him at Wanderers wrong, having experienced an awkward three years with the Wanderers.
Amongst the few who remained unused in the final few games leading up to the end of last season, being released almost seemed inevitable, never nice to see, particularly when the player then struggles to find a club for a considerable period of time. However, over time, Trotter has become more and more in demand and chose Wimbledon above all others who were chasing him with bigger money deals showing desire to play over pay which is always nice to see in an era so largely dominated by money. With that, best of luck to him!
The saga has finally come to an end then, was it where you were expecting him to end up? If so, how do you think he'll fare next season? Let us know in the comments below.