Cameron Jerome is delighted to be continuing his footballing journey with the Whites after signing up to Wanderers’ promotion push.
Jerome made Wanderers the ninth club of his prolific career after leaving Luton Town to make the switch to the University of Bolton Stadium.
The 36-year-old has been scoring goals at first-team level for the best part of 20 years and, with the desire to compete still burning, doesn’t plan to slow down yet after an agreeing an 18-month deal with Wanderers.
“Just hearing about the project and the way the football club is going, it’s definitely something I wanted to be part of,” said Jerome, who came off the bench to make a first appearance for Ian Evatt’s men in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Charlton Athletic.
“Every challenge is always exciting and a new one always brings that bit of excitement.
“I can’t wait to get going. I feel like I can still produce the goods on the pitch and the manager felt that way and he was an integral part of getting me to the club.
“The desire is there to keep playing for me. Touch wood, I’ve been quite fortunate with injuries and managed to keep myself fit over the years.
“That age thing is always hanging over your head because it’s so relevant in football nowadays, but physically I feel great and I still want to be out there every day training with the lads and contribute on a Saturday.
“I’ve been able to do that for so long and I’m fortunate that my journey isn’t ending now.”
With 160 career goals and over 200 Premier League appearances to his name, Jerome is set to be a guiding light on and off the pitch for Wanderers.
His experience will be an invaluable asset to Evatt’s squad – and the strikers in particular – in the run-in to this season and beyond.
The former Cardiff, Birmingham City, Stoke and Norwich frontman helped see out Saturday’s impressive win at The Valley as Wanderers secured a fourth victory in six league games to tighten their grip on a top-six place.
And Jerome is looking to help keep the promotion challenge going right to the end as part of a Wanderers’ squad strengthened by five new arrivals in the January transfer window.
“They’ve been in fine form this year and the league is so competitive,” he added.
“You look at League One and there some really big football clubs in this league.
“They will all be desperate to get out of the league, so let’s hope we can be one of them this year.
“There are only three places available for promotion and we’re certainly in the mix for it.
“There’s a long way to go yet. We’ve just got to keep winning games and churning out results and hopefully come the end of the season you’re in the shake-up when the medals are handed out.
“I think there’s a belief within this football club that the club is going in the right direction. It seems to be really positive so it’s definitely something to be excited about.”