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Wanderers Welcome Welshman

7 January 2021

Declan John became manager Ian Evatt’s first signing of 2021 after joining the club on loan from Swansea City until the end of the season, subject to international clearance.

The 25 year-old defender linked up with his new Bolton Wanderers team-mates earlier today and is set to be named in the squad for Tuesday’s Sky Bet League Two trip to Exeter City.

Born in Merthyr Tydfil, he progressed through Cardiff City’s Academy, making his debut for the Bluebirds in 2012 and would go on to represent them in the Premier League.

After loan spells with Barnsley, Chesterfield and Rangers, he made a permanent switch to Ibrox in 2017.

He made 31 appearances for the Glasgow giants during his 12 months north of the border, before returning to his homeland when he penned a three-year deal at Swansea in the summer of 2018.

The left-wing back is a Welsh international, having earned seven caps for his country at the senior level.

Commenting on his arrival at the University of Bolton Stadium, John said: “It’s good to be back around a first team environment. I’ve been training with the under 23s at Swansea and haven’t had much game time but I’m looking forward to being here and getting involved in some games.

“The main thing for me is to just come here and play. I’m at an age now where I just need to be playing two games a week, three games a week, it doesn’t matter - I just need to be playing.”

Wanderers Manager, Ian Evatt, added: “We are delighted to bring in Declan on loan for the remainder of the season.

“At the age of just 25, he already has an excellent CV. He has real pace and quality, and will give us some natural balance on the left hand side of the pitch.

“We are excited to have him and I must thank Swansea City for helping us and being so good to deal with."


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