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Trafford: It's The Right Place

Goalkeeper delighted to be back after signing season-long loan

15 June 2022

James Trafford insists he’s back in the right place after securing a return move to Wanderers.

Trafford has agreed a season-long loan with the Whites to start a second spell at the University of Bolton Stadium.

His first was an outstanding success as the goalkeeper helped Ian Evatt’s men piece together a run of just three league losses in 22 games from mid-January onwards.

And with Manchester City sanctioning another loan move for the England Under-21 international, it’s a deal to suit all parties.   

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“It’s the right place. I loved every minute from January onwards,” said Trafford after signing back in with the Whites.

“I had such a good relationship with the staff and everyone at Bolton.

“Once I’d got the internationals out of the way it was a no-brainer to come back, so I’m loving it.

“How the gaffer wants us to play and the whole set-up suits everyone as the best for my development.

“I’m really looking forward to it. I’m still young but I’m really enjoying playing men’s football and playing games.”

Trafford kept a clean sheet on his England U21 debut last weekend and after being with the international set-up since the end of last month will now get a few days’ break before linking up again with the Wanderers’ squad on their return from a training camp in Portugal.

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The 19-year-old will then be looking to add to his seven clean sheets for Wanderers last term when the 2022/23 campaign kicks off at the end of July.

Trafford helped Evatt’s fast-finishing squad finish ninth in League One last term when he made a big impression on and off the pitch.

And his return is sure to go down well with the fans as Wanderers aim to carry their momentum into the new season to mount a challenge at the top end of the table.

“The fans make it, to be honest. And the fans here were second to none,” added Trafford.

“I’ve seen on Twitter how many season tickets have been sold so I’m really excited.

“The team is really good and we should do exciting things next season.

“Everyone knows we want to try and get promoted. We showed with the form from the Ipswich game onwards (in January) that we can hang with the best teams in the league.”

Watch our full interview with James below: 


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