D-Day for Bolton Wanderers: Manager Dougie Freedman ready to reveal his retained list
WANDERERS will announce their official retained list on Monday as Dougie Freedman looks to get his summer business started early.
Six players are out of contract at the Reebok but only one – Stuart Holden – has already confirmed he will be returning for pre-season training at the end of June.
Zat Knight, Chris Eagles, Tyrone Mears and Arran Lee-Barrett are expected to be released, while the chances of Andre Moritz being offered a reduced deal to remain at the club have also diminished in the last couple of months. Freedman wanted to get today’s final home game against Birmingham City out of the way before revealing the players he will allow to leave for nothing, although young keeper Jay Lynch has already confimed, via his Twitter account, that he has been released.
“Out of respect I have already told the lads who I am not going to retain,” he told The Bolton News. “But I think the best way is to make that public on Monday.
“Great credit to most of them – they have been incredibly professional with the way they have handled themselves, and some will be involved against Birmingham.
“Clearly one or two haven’t but that’s the way it goes sometimes, it is what you have got to deal with.”
Talks with incoming players are now “75 per cent” complete, according to the Wanderers boss, who has now set in stone his playing budget for next season following discussions with chairman Phil Gartside and owner Eddie Davies.
Freedman has not completely ruled out any further arrivals but hopes he will have completed most of his transfer dealings by the middle of next week.
“I already know who my targets are but, of course, I always leave one or two spaces in case something comes up or jumps out at you,” he said.
“We’ve made noises about those players and obviously until the paperwork is done, it’s never completely done, but I have spoken to representatives and managers about who is being sold and who is being released so we can actually talk to these players.
“Hopefully, by the middle of next week, 100 per cent of the players we’re going for will have been done.
“In the end, I’m hoping when it’s the middle of the summer and crazy transfer time with people asking for crazy money, we’ll already be done.”
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