Keith Andrews to leave Bolton Wanderers as likes of Josh Vela and Medo to step forward
DOUGIE Freedman will not stand in Keith Andrews’ way if he plans to quit Wanderers this summer.
The Whites boss has told the experienced midfielder that Medo Kamara and Josh Vela are ahead of him in the queue for a first team spot and expects him to find another club before the start of the season.
Sheffield Wednesday have been heavily linked with the Ireland international in the last couple of weeks, while Huddersfield Town also maintain a long-standing interest.
Andrews stayed behind while Wanderers travelled for their Scandinavian tour but it is understood that he returned to Euxton at the start of this week to train with the development squad.
He will now link up again with the first team, and while Freedman insists there is no bad blood between himself and the 34-year-old, he has now put the decision on where he plays his football firmly on Andrews’ lap.
“You can only take so many players on tour and I’d explained to Keith that I wanted to take a look at some of the younger ones, Josh Vela in particular,” he told The Bolton News.
“Keith wants to play week-in, week-out and I can’t guarantee that.
“At his age he should want to be playing every week and rightly so, he’s been a good professional around this place.
“As we speak he’s got a decision to make. He either goes and gets first team football somewhere and gets himself sorted or he’s happy to be in the squad. That’s all down to him.
“I think his preference would be to play, and of course, I understand that.”
Sheffield Wednesday’s complex takeover has stalled Stuart Gray’s transfer plans this summer but sources in South Yorkshire say the Owls boss is a keen admirer of Andrews, who he had previously worked with at Wolves.
Huddersfield laid their cards on the table early – even offering the club captaincy in an effort to tempt him to the John Smiths Stadium but talks appear to have come to a grinding halt.
Freedman believes Andrews will have options if he decides to move on.
“I’m sure there will be clubs interested in him because he did very well at Brighton last season,” he said.
“He is a good professional and there is no problem between him and me at all.
“I need to look at the whole package – financially, who’s coming through. And I just think that with Medo and Josh Vela coming through I need to look more into the future.
“I’ve been very honest with Keith and he’s conducted himself very well.“