DEAN Moxey wants to put the frustration of the last six months to good use and help Wanderers towards the Premier League.

The former Crystal Palace full-back saw his top-flight dream ended prematurely after the arrival of Tony Pulis at Selhurst Park last season.

Having played all but one of the Eagles’ opening 17 league games, he was then dropped to the bench and featured just twice during the rest of the campaign.

In Janaury, Dougie Freedman thought he had sealed a six-month loan agreement to take him to Wanderers only for Pulis to have a last-minute change of heart.

But after finally completing his move, the left-sided defender is keen to make up for lost time.

“I was apparently supposed to come up in January but for some reason Crystal Palace put the block on it,” he told The Bolton News.

“I didn’t know much about it until the club said it wasn’t going to happen.

“But once I found out I was really disappointed because I effectively sat in the stands for the last six months of the season. It was frustrating.

“Tony Pulis obviously had his reasons, he wanted a bit of cover there, but to make me sit in the stands was annoying.

“It’s great to be back on the pitch now and have those aches and pains to prove it. So the more games I get over here the better.”

Moxey started Wanderers’ final game of their Scandinavian tour against Mjallby on Wednesday and played just more than an hour of the 3-2 defeat, meaning he has played a part of all three matches on tour.

He was among the subs last night as the Whites played their first domestic friendly at Conference Premier side Macclesfield Town.

After starting his career at the same Conference level, playing for home-town club Exeter City, the 28-year-old appreciated his spell in the Premier League, however brief. And he is equally keen to sample the high life again with Wanderers.

“I’d love to take that experience, use it here, and play in the Premier League again with Bolton,” he said.

“I started the season and played 20 games, and what an experience it was to play against the likes of Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie. You learn a hell of a lot.

“I’ve worked for a long time to get up there. Exeter isn’t a big place and there aren’t many clubs around but I’m proud to have started the journey at my home-town club and worked my way up the Football League.

“I’m proud of my roots and where I came from. Getting to the Premier League was for the people that helped me.

“Now I’m at Bolton I just want to help them get there. I was very fortunate to play in the Premier League for 20 games but looking at the lads who play at this club, it’s not impossible.

“The lads have been really sharp so far, so if we can keep it going you never know.”

Pre-season in Scandinavia saw Freedman use some unorthodox activities to help his side bond throughout the week, including mountain biking, volleyball, kayaking and circuit training.

Early alarm calls had a mixed reaction from within the squad – but Moxey isn’t arguing with the displays despite ending the tour with that Mjallby loss.

“We’ve been up at 7am wrestling on the floor and circuit training – which has been tough,” he said.

“You shouldn’t be trying to get a ball off David Wheater at that time of day. He buries it into the ground.

“It’s all good fun and for new lads like me it helps to get into the group and settle well.

“I can’t remember having to do any 7am starts when the gaffer was at Palace with me, but if it gives us some sort of advantage we’ll take it on the chin.”