PHIL Parkinson says Christian Doidge is getting up to speed with life at Wanderers.

The Welsh striker, signed from Forest Green, has sat out the last two games after making his debut at the University of Bolton Stadium in the 2-1 defeat against QPR.

But Parkinson insists Doidge will soon be back in the mix, seeing clear signs on the training ground that the 26-year-old is adjusting to life at Championship level.

“Chris has played the full 90 against QPR, which was a big ask of him,” explained the manager. “He was fatigued after the game as you’d expect.

“I then had a choice between him or Clayton Donaldson at Middlesbrough and I thought if we got an injury in the early part of the game it might be a big ask for him to go on at that stage.

“Chris is a bit like Erhun Oztumer, he’s feeling his way in. He’s a terrific player and he gets goals all the time in training.

“When you get players who come up from Leagues One and Two – you don’t just flick a switch and adapt. It can sometimes be a case of getting up to speed in training and the better quality players.

“I still firmly believe Chris Doidge will be a good signing for us.”