LIAM Feeney wants to keep defenders guessing this season by showing he is more than just a wing man.
Dougie Freedman has called for more goals from the 26-year-old he signed on a free transfer from Millwall this season – a challenge that Feeney is more than willing to take up.
The Wanderers new boy might have carved out a reputation with Bournemouth and Millwall as a traditional winger but he now wants to add a different facet to his game on his arrival at the Macron Stadium.
“The gaffer wants more goals from me and that’s a good thing,” he told The Bolton News. “It gives me a bit of pressure to thrive off and means I’ve got someone managing me who believes I can get better.
“I definitely think I can score more – It’s a different way of playing but I don’t mind coming inside and getting more involved. It’s good to keep defenders guessing sometimes, rather than staying out there and them knowing you are only ever going to go down the line.
“I don’t want people to work me out, so I think this system could be beneficial for me.”
A lot has happened to Feeney since he first popped up on loan from Millwall as a relative known to Wanderers fans last October.
It seemed his best chance to sign for the club had passed when a whirlwind loan spell last October was cut short by Millwall after just four appearances.
The consequent haggling over the price of a permanent deal then made a reunion even more unlikely.
But Feeney held out hope that he would get another chance with Bolton, even as his career course took him on loan at Lancashire rivals Blackburn.
“Last season was very up and down,” he said. “That’s the most polite way to describe it.
“Things didn’t really work out for me at Millwall and I came here, all was great with the world for a short time, but then I got called back.
“Things didn’t work again and I got sent out... again. The Blackburn thing felt like a stopgap for me really and I never really got the same experience as I got here.
“I didn’t know whether I’d get back to Bolton. Or being honest, it was probably half and half – you never know if something will happen until it is done.
“I hoped that Bolton would come back in for me, and obviously I’m delighted they did.”