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Bolton Wanderers FC Player Profiles

Posted 16th July 2012 at 10:02 pm

Joe Riley is a graduate of the Bolton Wanderers academy and has been at the club since the age of nine. 

Now, aged 20, Riley has made his first forays into the first team after impressing for the reserve side during the early throes of the 2010/11campaign. 

His full debut came in August 2011 when he played the full 90 minutes in the 2-1 win over Macclesfield Town in the Carling Cup.

Three months later he was handed another opportunity by manager Owen Coyle, when he was thrust into action in the Barclays Premier League for the home fixture with Stoke City in November. And the youngster marked the occasion in fine style, playing a starring role as the White triumphed 5-0. 

During his days in the youth and reserve teams, Riley listed Danny Welbeck and Federico Macheda as the toughest opponents that he played against.

And he went head-to-head with Welbeck once again when he came on for the final 20 minutes of the Premier League clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford in January 2012. 

In February Riley penned a new deal which will see him extend his time at Bolton until the summer of 2015.

Career History