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Done Deal: Wanderers sign Fulham defender Marlon Fossey

Second arrival of the window

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Bolton Wanderers have completed their second signing of the January transfer window - the arrival of Fulham right back, Marlon Fossey, on loan until the end of the season.

As reported by The Bolton News, the American reportedly had interest from David Beckham’s MLS franchise Inter Miami, though opted to sign for Wanderers instead. Unlucky Golden Balls.

Despite having never played for Fulham’s first team, the 23 year old does have some football league experience under his belt. He spent the first half of last season on loan at Shrewsbury Town, playing nine times (including once against Bolton in the Papa Johns), before injury derailed his season.

He has appeared once on the Fulham bench for a League Cup game against Leeds this season, with his playing time solely coming in the U23s. In eleven games, he’s managed five assists, with Fulham remaining unbeaten whilst he has played.

Upon his arrival, Fossey told the offical site:

“I’ve been playing U23s football this season and it’s a step up from that and I’m excited for the challenge,” said Fossey after training with Wanderers for the first time on Monday morning.

“With 23s games you’ve got 10s/20s people watching. Now you’ve got potentially thousands and I like playing in front of a lot of people and I’m getting the prospect of doing that every week, so I can’t wait.

“It’s a higher level and I think the more minutes I can earn myself the higher my level will get. It’s a great opportunity to test myself and whatever happens I think I’ll learn a lot from it.

“I’m aware of Bolton’s Premier League history. I was up here a couple of days ago and was shown around the stadium and the facilities.

“It definitely looks like a club that was once at the top. There’s definitely an aura of hunger to get back up there and hopefully I can help them with my little part while I’m here.”

Fossey, alongside fellow new arrival Dion Charles, could make their debuts at Hartlepool United tomorrow night.

Hopefully Marlon can be as successful as some of his fellow Americans. The likes of Stuart Holden, Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson all had strong spells in a Wanderers shirt.

Also, it was confirmed today that Ali Crawford’s loan with SPL side St Johnstone has been made permanent. Best of luck Ali with the rest of your career!