So Radio Manchester’s Jack Dearden has tonight tweeted out that Bolton Wanderers’ centre-half David Wheater is off to Oldham Athletic, ending an association with the Whites that began in 2011, when we (and he) were half decent at football.
My thoughts on his departure aside, a more interesting question is to ponder what this move means for the takeover?
Some, quite rightly, think that it is a bad sign. Wheater, a stalwart at the club (who, in my opinion, hung around far, far too long) obviously wanted to stay. Indeed appearing on the Michaela Wain podcast he said that both he and his family are very settled in the town and so therefore his preference is perfectly understandable.
Some believe that he is only now accepting a long-rumoured move to Oldham because there is no prospect of the takeover being imminent.
It's not the first time that Wheater has been rumoured to have been close to a move away.
Upon the apparent offer of a contract from Kilmarnock, the ex-Middlesbrough man was rumoured to have had his head turned by Salford City. Though nothing came to fruition with either club & he returned to train with Wanderers.
So what could this actually mean? I totally appreciate that there is a reading that this is not a positive scenario.
However, what I believe is that the man has simply got fed up waiting for his preferred club to come through with an offer. As a man with a certain lifestyle and associated outgoings then the lure of a guaranteed contract (and being paid on time) whilst simultaneously being guaranteed his Bolton money then taking the deal is a no-brainer.
Some will be absolutely devastated that he’s left.
Personally I’m grateful for his service but let’s not look back at his career at the club as some sort of success story.
We’ve fallen a long way with him at the heart of our defence. I don’t think he’ll be a particularly imposing opponent for whoever our no.9 is come the time we next face one another.