Lonergan Ready For The Challenge

Andy Lonergan speaks to the official website after securing his move to Bolton Wanderers

Andy Lonergan is keen to make his mark at the Reebok Stadium - but acknowledges that he has a battle on his hands to claim the goalkeeping jersey.

The 28-year-old completed his move from Leeds United on Tuesday after agreeing a three-year contract with Wanderers.

Lonergan's first involvement with his new team-mates will be joining them on the pre-season tour to Scotland, which starts against Ayr United on Wednesday evening at Somerset Park.

"I've come here to put pressure on Adam (Bogdan)," the Preston-born man told Wanderers Player.

"I believe he was Player of the Year last season and did exceptionally well, so it's it going to be a challenge for both of us. But around the squad in general the competition is fierce.

"I've had the privilege of being the number one wherever I've been, so this is a change. It's going to be a challenge but you have to take challenges on."

He added: "There's a fantastic squad - I was sat in the changing room today and you could see all the quality players here.

"There's a few of the lads I know pretty well from playing against like Matt Mills, while I used to play with Tyrone Mears. There are a few familiar faces in the backroom staff as well."

Lonergan had other options but decided to move to the Reebok Stadium because of the club's ambition to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

He explained: "A few other clubs had offers accepted but as soon as I knew of Bolton's interest and the way the club has conducted itself during the talks, I wanted to come here. I'm delighted that today is the day.

"I've played nearly 250 matches in this league and I've come close to getting out of it. The squad here is Premier League quality and I believe it is best placed to get promoted.

"This is the perfect move for me and I'm delighted that it has all gone through."

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