Sanmi Odelusi, a versatile winger that can also play forward, came up through the Queens Park Rangers and Reading academy systems. He joined Bolton Wanderers in 2009 and would spend the next four years coming up through the U18 and reserve teams. In the 2011/12 reserve season, Odelusi scored four times in 16 appearances and was justly rewarded with his first professional contract, a one year deal signed in July 2012 alongside Andy Kellett and Jay Lynch.
Sanmi Odelusi was handed his professional debut by Dougie Freedman, coming on as a late substitute in Bolton's 3-2 loss away at Charlton Athletic in the second half of the 2012/13 season. He had made the bench on a few occasions prior to that match. Odelusi's original contract has since expired but was extended for a further year by Bolton Wanderers.