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Bolton Wanderers FC Player Profiles

Posted 28th September 2013 at 12:00 pm

Tyrone Mears joined Bolton from Burnley as part of the same deal that saw Chris Eagles move to the club in the summer of 2011.

However, he has been restricted to just one run-out since his arrival due to injury. He cruelly broke his leg in a training session ahead of the 2011/12 campaign - just a week after completing his transfer to the Reebok Stadium.

He made his debut in the 2-0 defeat to Norwich at Carrow Road, but after feeling pain in the same leg that he broke in pre-season, he underwent a further operation which would rule him out for the rest of the season.

Mears started his career with Manchester City before moving onto the Preston North End for £200,000 in 2002, where he first came to prominence.

The Stockport-born man was a regular at Deepdale, playing under manager Billy Davies. In 2005, he was one match away from reaching the Premier League as the Lilywhites were edged out in the Championship play-off final by West Ham United.

But Mears was to fulfil an ambition of playing in the top-flight when West Ham approached Preston for his services just weeks after the play-off final when they made a bid of £1m.

Mears played only a handful of games with West Ham before rejoining Billy Davies at Derby County on loan in January 2007. That deal was eventually made permanent the following summer.

After playing in Derby's Premier League campaign in 2007/08, the right-back joined French giants Marseille on loan in September 2008.

However, Mears played just four times for Marseille before moving back to England, with Burnley securing his services ahead of their debut season in the Premier League in the summer of 2009.

Career History