Dapo Afolayan heaped praise on his team-mates after netting his first goal of the season and helping Bolton Wanderers seal automatic promotion at the weekend.
The West Ham winger ended his loan spell in fine style against Crawley Town by scoring Wanderers’ second goal in a 4-1 rout at the People’s Pension Stadium.
The victory saw Ian Evatt’s men make an immediate return to Sky Bet League One and in doing so complete a remarkable turnaround to their season which saw them rise from 19th position in February to finish in third spot on the final day of the campaign.
Afolayan featured in 26 games for Wanderers since his arrival at the University of Bolton Stadium and is pleased to have played his part in a successful season.
He said: “I’m delighted, it has been emotional. It has been a long season. I joined halfway through and the boys weren’t in the best position in the league, so to be able to go up means everything to me, to the boys, and I know the fans as well.
“I never lost faith. I knew I could score goals and I have proven it at different levels now. It was just about getting myself in the right places.
"I wanted to make sure I was doing my bit for the team and making sure we were winning games, so I’m happy. Since I have been here the spirit in the group has been unbelievable.
“You see that. It’s why we have been on the run we have been on.
“The club, the fans, you can see how much it means to everyone. I have been staying at the hotel, so every time I leave I meet people and I know what it means to them. To do it for them means absolutely everything to me."
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