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Josh Vela




Date of birth



181 cm





Having initially broken into the Wanderers first team at right-back, Josh Vela established himself in his favoured midfield position following the arrival of Phil Parkinson as manager.

The youngster first emerged as a promising prospect for the Whites since signing professional terms with the club in March 2011.

He got his first taste of playing on Wanderers' home soil in the FA Youth Cup third round clash against Crewe Alexandra in November 2010 and has been a mainstay in the reserve team in the time since.

In 2011/12 he spent three months on the sidelines after fracturing his foot in the second string's game with Blackburn in November 2011.

After returning to fitness, he was rewarded with a new three-and-a-half year contract in February 2012.

Vela listed one of his long-term ambitions as progressing through to the Bolton Wanderers first-team, and he realised this dream in April 2012 when he came off the bench in the 1-1 draw at home to Swansea City.

Two more substitute appearances followed, against Sunderland and Tottenham at the back end of the 2011/12 campaign.

After spending the end of the 2013/14 season on loan at League One side Notts County, Vela firmly cemented his place in the Bolton first team during the 2014/15 campaign as he finished the year with 32 appearances.

Making 35 appearances the following year, he scored his first goal for the club away at Charlton Athletic in December 2015 before netting at Macron Stadium for the first time against Middlesbrough the following April.

Now fielded in his preferred midfield position, Vela started the 2016/17 season in fine form as he scored back-to-back goals against Bristol Rovers and Fleetwood Town in August 2016.

Continuing his scoring form throughout the campaign, he also captained Wanderers for the first time in the Checkatrade Trophy against Everton Under-23s.

Up to now, Vela has made over 180 appearances for Wanderers and is the current second highest appearance maker for the club.