After penning a permanent deal at Bolton, Liam Feeney says he can’t wait for more of the action he previously experienced during a brief loan spell with the club last season.
The flying winger played just four games at Wanderers last season, proving a big hit with the club’s supporters, before his temporary stint at BL6 was cut short.
And despite interest from other clubs, Feeney admitted the decision to sign for Bolton when his current contract at Millwall expires on June 30 was an easy one.
“I’m really happy to get the deal done early,” he exclusively told bwfc.co.uk. “The manager had spoken to me when I was up here originally about signing me so that was always in the back of my mind, but I’m so pleased that it’s actually happening.
“Now I know that my future is sorted, I can get myself fit and ready for coming back where I’m sure we’ll have a hard but good pre-season and hopefully get off to a good start.”
He continued: “The loan spell I had here early last season played a massive part in my decision to come back – my time here was one of my highlights of last season.
“I’ve got really fond memories, even though it wasn’t that long ago, and the manager really sold it to me.
“Playing for the club last time out, the fans were really good with me and very welcoming, so that was obviously a big factor in my decision too. I’m just looking forward to getting started and having more of the same experiences.”
Due to link up with the squad ahead of their pre-season campaign, Feeney will also team up with former Millwall teammate Liam Trotter – a factor which he is confident will play its part in helping him settle in the area.
“Me and Trots are very good friends – we lived together down in London and when I was on loan at Blackburn I spent a lot of time with him in the local area.
“We seem to be following each other a bit, but obviously that is a plus point to have one of your best friends up here with you when you move somewhere new.
“On the whole though, they’re a good squad of boys here and everyone made it really easy – sometimes when you go out on loan, you can feel like a bit of an outsider but I didn’t feel like that at all.
“Everybody from the fans to the players and the manager all made me feel really welcome and like I belonged at the club which hopefully came out in my performances.”
With his initial spell at the club having been brought to a premature end in October of last year, the winger admitted that although he was disappointed to leave the club earlier than planned, he departed with Wanderers having left a lasting effect on him.
“It was frustrating when I went back to Millwall as I found myself on the bench. I’ll leave there with some fond memories and great friends that I’ve made during my time there.
“I’ve played in some great games and they gave me my chance in the Championship, so I wish them all the best for the future.
“There were a few other teams who showed an interest in me, especially with my contract being up in the summer, but I only ever wanted to come back to Bolton so I’m just glad that we could make it happen.
“Naturally, Dougie Freedman played a big part in my decision to come back, but the club sold itself with how the fans were with me and how amazing the stadium is to play in. I’m looking forward to more of that.”
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