Bolton Wanderers defender Cian Bolger excited by Colchester chance
YOUNG Wanderers defender Cian Bolger is looking forward to some senior football after joining League One side Colchester United on a month-long loan.
The 21-year-old, pictured, started for the U’s on Saturday and helped Joe Dunne’s side keep a clean sheet in a 1-0 win against Peterborough United.
He is yet to figure for the Whites first-team since his move from Leicester in January, so the centre-back is relishing his month in Essex.
He said: “I’m looking forward to it. It was a bit surprising really. I kind of got wind at Bolton that I might be going on loan, but this really came out of the blue.
“That’s the life of a footballer. You can get a phone call one minute and everything changes. It’s part of the job.
“I’ve no wife or kids to worry about, so it’s okay for me to pack my bag and go off to play football.
“I feel that I’m match fit.
“I’ve been playing regularly for Bolton Reserves, and in the Under-21 League. Obviously it’s not the same as playing first-team football, but it has kept me ticking over.
“I did have six games in League One during my first spell at Bristol Rovers, so I’ve had a taster of what it’s like at this level. I don’t think it’s a massive step up from League Two, but it’s still a learning curve for me.”
The Republic of Ireland U21 international has been a regular in Jamie Fullarton’s U21 side as skipper this season.
But before his Colchester debut at the weekend, his only previous senior outings came out on loan from Leicester at Bristol Rovers in the 2011-12 season.
And U’s boss Dunne says it was those displays for the Pirates under former Colchester manager John Ward that prompted his interest.
Dunne said: “I spoke to John Ward (Bristol Rovers manager) about Cian (Bolger), and he wanted to keep him at the time.
“He has been on our hit-list for a while, and it’s a good opportunity for him to play.
“Bolton want him to progress to the next level, and the next test for him is to play at League One level.”