Countdown to 2016/17 - 4 days to go

Wanderers' series of articles profiling former players who have worn a particular number for the club continues

With just four days remaining until the start of the 2016/17 season, runs the rule over three players who have worn that number for the club down the years.

Sasa Curcic
October 1995 – August 1996

A memorable figure in the game, Curcic split his youth career across four different teams before making his professional bow for OFK Beograd in the early 1990s.

Stopping off at Partizan Belgrade en route to Burnden Park where he arrived in October 1995, the midfielder played his part as the club plied their trade in the Premiership following their promotion via the play-offs.

Unable to prevent the Whites from making an immediate return to the second tier however, Curcic made the move to Aston Villa after just one season at the club, before eventually winding down his career with Crystal Palace, MetroStars and Motherwell, retiring altogether at the turn of the millennium. 

Where is he now?

Since retiring, Curcic has figured in numerous television shows in his homeland of Serbia including their version of Celebrity Big Brother.

Kevin Nolan
August 1999 – January 2009

A product of the club’s academy, Nolan’s efforts in a Bolton shirt ultimately endeared himself to the Bolton faithful from the outset.

Although raised in Liverpool, the midfielder quickly became an adopted Boltonian upon his arrival at BL6, earning his first professional contract in 1999 and going on to become a stalwart for Wanderers for the best part of a decade.

Helping the club earn promotion to the top flight in 2001 alongside qualifying for Europe on two occasions, Nolan also sported the armband for the Trotters before moving on to pastures new in January 2009 with Newcastle United his next port of call.

Following two seasons at St James’ Park however, the England U21 international moved to the capital with West Ham United where he remained until last summer.

Where is he now? 

Moving into management briefly as player-coach of Leyton Orient earlier this year, Nolan parted ways with the London outfit last month.

Dorian Dervite
July 2014 - Present

Initially sporting the number 14 shirt during his first season at the club last term, Dervite took over his current shirt number last summer following the departure of Matt Mills to Nottingham Forest.

Having honed his football skills as a youngster with La Madeleine, Lille and latterly Tottenham Hotspur, the Frenchman turned professional at White Hart Lane in 2006 but failed to make a single appearance for the London club.

Loaned to Southend United in 2009, Dervite signed for Villareal B the following summer, spending two years in Spain before linking up with Charlton Athletic.

Impressing for the Addicks in his two seasons at The Valley, he agreed terms with Wanderers two summers ago and has since gone on to make nearly 70 appearances for the Whites.

Other Bolton No.4s include: Per Frandsen, Gudni Bergsson, Paul Robinson and Matt Mills

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