Last Thursday brought round the annual madness of Transfer Deadline Day during which ridiculous money is spent on overrated players who clubs are pressured to bring in to conclude their transfer windows as successful as a statement of intent. With us, however, it was just your average Thursday evening really.
Despite all eyes being peeled on who might turn up in a private helicopter, it turned out to be a relatively relaxed deadline day for Wanderers as Craig Noone was brought in as our only signing of the day as Phil Parkinson and Ken Anderson looked to bolster the squad in its last available slot under league regulations and were admirably sensible in their business.
The addition of Craig Noone appeared to be a wise one as another free transfer meant that there was another permanent deal on the cards which has been an issue for Wanderers since being put under the embargo. Luckily however, we've been very clever about our business and kept loan incomings to a minimum meaning we can utilise ur squad to its maximum on match day without having to worry about loan appearance limits.
Even though it was a quiet one for Bolton, it was actually a rather wise one on the lowdown meaning all that was left was for us to sit back ad laugh at the panic signings being made across the world at five to eleven.
A number of ex-Wanderers players and previous targets of ours managed to force through moves for themselves on deadline day and I'm going to run through who moved where and give a short summary of each one.
First up was Jason Lowe. Numerous rumours were sent round regarding our links with the ex-Rovers captain, however, nothing really ever materialised from it. It was inevitable that other clubs would be interested and more obliged to pay the wages which we currently struggle to afford. 'Arry was quickest to act and snapped him up bringing him to St. Andrews on a free transfer, a step-up in terms of league football for the defensive midfielder and a team which he could fit into nicely, good luck to him.
Around lunchtime, Bolton fans started to panic as images began to emerge from Derik's social media accounts of him boarding a plane, however, it soon became apparent that he was just making the most of the international break much to the relief of those who thought he was off permanently.
It wasn't until late afternoon that the next one was on the move. Former forward man Sanmi Odelusi had found himself a new club in the form of Colchester having struggled to make the grade at Wigan, most likely because he wasn't given the chance to do so. It seems that its becoming a regular occurrence for our former players to trot off down the road before being forced to move on elsewhere because they realise they don't need them, quite sad really. Best of luck Sanmi.
Twenty minutes after this and there was a strange twist in the tail as Indian Super League side Atletico de Kolkata announced the signing of Bolton legend Jussi Jaaskelainen. Despite reports of retirement and rumours of a return to Bolton on the cards earlier in the window, Jussi has joined Robbie Keane at ATK and will presumably end his career there unless theres a few more years left in him, but that remains to be seen.
Throughout the afternoon, there was the usual links with players who we can't afford and haven't been linked with before and were never really likely to happen, only in the heat of the moment on deadline day would half of these deals ever happen. The first to do the rounds was Cameron Jerome who appeared to be circling the Macron in a private helicopter, however, that soon become evident to be a joke. Next up was Jordan Mutch, another ex-Cardiff player which meant I wasn't as surprised with the link, however, a lengthy spell at QPR made most Bolton fans realise that wages would inevitably be an issue and that was soon scrapped. Lewis McGugan was then released by Sheffield Wednesday which kicked the rumour mill back into life with one source claiming he'd signed for us, which he didn't, unsurprisingly. A relatively realistic link was then made to Scunthorpe winger Josh Morris, however, nothing came of that either.
The last two were actually solid rumours but neither of which again materialised. A hopeful link with Chungy was then made a potential reality after Wanderers reportedly made a bid to bring the South-Korean back to Bolton on loan, but was soon rubbish by the club. Finally, Wanderers were linked with Swansea's Jay Fulton, one which seemed to take off and seemed to be pretty close but couldn't be done before 11pm by the sounds of it.
Getting towards the business end of deadline day and Preston man Eoin Doyle had been granted a loan move to League One outfit Oldham Athletic. Wanderers were heavily linked with Doyle in January and seemed to opt out due to the numerous other options which were favoured such as James Henry. Henry has also got himself a move to Oxford United at the start of the window, another one I wouldn't have minded back at Bolton this season. Another one who got away.
Half an hour later, the news was announced that Craig Noone would be joining us for the next two seasons on a free transfer, the last of Parky's summer additions and another bit of business with Cardiff, another club who we seem to have very good relations with, and I'm not complaining either.
Minutes later, ex-Wanderers trialist Alex Bruce was announced as a Wigan player after his temporary contract at Bury expired. Another one more suited to League One standard and one who I'm quite happy for Wigan to have instead, a dodged bullet there I think for us.
In between all of this, Bolton were still trying to bring in Arsenal wonder-kid Jeff Reine-Adelaide who was due to join us on loan before the window shut, however, somewhere along the line, the deal fell through and he remains an Arsenal player.
Ten minutes until the window slammed shut and Liam Feeney had pulled another Championship move out of the bag as he signed for Cardiff on loan, presumably a replacement for Noone. This worried a few Bolton fans including our very own Chris Manning who didn't like the idea that Cardiff would rather have Feeney than Noone, but we soon concluded that it was another panic transfer which acted as a reasonable last minute replacement which they had to settle for. It's always a nice feeling knowing you've wobbled another club by taking one of their players, showing you don't have to spend big money to make a statement of intent...or any money for that matter.
Just before the window shut, there was a source convinced that we'd signed RC Lens striker John Bostock, however, I'm still confused as to where that even came from as he was never mentioned as a target or even a possible signing.
The final Bolton related move of the night came in the form of another loan move for Keshi Anderson. Keshi left Wanderers in January having struggled to break into the team and was soon shifted on to another League One outfit by parent club Crystal Palace in the form of Northampton Town, the very next day in fact. Northampton took him on until the end of the season meaning he has been back at Palace over the summer and managed to get another move out to Swindon Town one minute before the window shut. Swindon now boast a strike partnership of Kaiyne Woolery and Keshi, hopefully the two lads work together well and help Swindon up the table this season.
And that concludes the Deadline Day Bolton special. Let us know how you would evaluate our deadline day and summer window in general in the comments below.