New Challenge For Brocky

Harry Brockbank has ended his lengthy stay with Wanderers as he looks to pursue the next stage of his career in the United States.

Brockbank has been released from the remainder of his contract with the Whites by mutual consent to allow him to take up a potential playing opportunity in America.

The Bolton-born defender, 23, made a total of 36 first-team appearances for his hometown club after successfully coming all the way through the ranks.

Brockbank, who joined the Whites as a seven-year-old, made his first-team debut in the Championship in April, 2019 following a loan spell in the National League with Salford City.

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Brockbank then made eight appearances the following season, including one as captain when Wanderers fielded the youngest side in their history in a 0-0 draw with Coventry City in August, 2019 while the club was in administration.

The full-back played 18 times in League Two last season to help Ian Evatt’s men win promotion and has featured seven times this term, with his final appearance in a Wanderers’ shirt coming as a substitute at Rotherham on New Year’s Day.

“I’ve achieved everything I set out to do as a young lad. You can’t ask for much than to captain your hometown team and get a promotion before the age of 23,” said Brockbank.

“There have obviously been a lot of ups and downs along the way but plenty more ups than downs and now I’m ready for a new chapter, a new start and a lifestyle change.

“I’ll certainly be back to watch the boys and I will always be around but it’s time for a new challenge and with the opportunity that’s hopefully coming up it’s something that really excited me and I’d be stupid to turn it down.”

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Since the opening of the January transfer window Wanderers have signed right-sided player Marlon Fossey on loan from Fulham and welcomed vice-captain Gethin Jones back from injury.

And manager Ian Evatt believes now is the right time for Brockbank to seek pastures new as he wished him well in his future career.

“Harry has been a Bolton player for a long, long time, someone who lives locally with a great affiliation for the club,” said Evatt.

“Having had a chat with Brocky about his future we both feel it’s probably time for him to get an opportunity to further a career elsewhere.

“There’s talk of him maybe going to play in America which is good for him – with a lifestyle change and a culture change – and we wish him all the best and thank him for everything he’s done.”

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