OF the Wanderers squad relegated from the Championship last season, seven players are still contracted, 13 are now free agents, eight have earned deals elsewhere, three returned to their parent clubs and one – Ronan Darcy – is still a scholar.

Phil Parkinson’s side scattered in the wind after defeat at Nottingham Forest put a punctuation mark on a truly terrible campaign in May. Yet now, just a couple of months later, the club finds itself in a rush to reassemble for League One.

Less than a month remains before the first game at Wycombe, and the opening pre-season friendly at York City will be played in just eight days.

New ownership has yet to be signed, sealed and delivered, which places a huge pressure on recruitment planning which has been going on behind the scenes. Can they form a team in time? Or will even a condensed administration process not be quick enough to avoid an impact on results?

Here, we run the rule over last season’s squad and assess what – if any – part they could play for Wanderers again.


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Wants to help rebuild in League One and desperate to start talking about the football again. Linked with Huddersfield Town, Charlton Athletic and Wigan Athletic this summer but looks like he’s staying put.


Chased by Ipswich Town at one stage when Bartosz Bialkowski appeared to be moving on but now looks to be a straight fight with Alnwick for the number one spot next season. Goalkeeper not a position Bolton have to worry about, it seems.


Fractured his wrist early in the season and then loaned out to Darlington for experience. It seems the young stopper’s once steep career trajectory seems to have plateaued. James Aspinall now looks the club’s bright young hope, whereas Turner is looking for a new club.


Decided early in the summer that his future lay elsewhere and put in his notice to terminate the final year of his contract. Still hasn’t been fixed up with a new club, although Legia Warsaw have been strongly linked in the Polish media.


No great shock to see him leave this summer after surprisingly few first team opportunities last season. Little has signed for League One rivals Bristol Rovers and talked about his disappointment at the treatment of Bolton’s players.

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After a difficult single season with Wanderers, the Irishman is now a free agent and looking for a new club and at the age of 31. It seems unlikely he will re-sign with Bolton in League One with Yoan Zouma and Liam Edwards both knocking on the door.


Now with Kilmarnock in Marbella and hoping to be playing Europa League football next season. Wheater is still a free agent, for now, but Bolton will have to get their skates on if they are to keep him for another season.


After three seasons with Wanderers the big defender signed a two-year deal with Peterborough United, who have made some pretty solid signings this summer. Bolton will see him again soon.


Administration meant no out-of-contract player was going to be offered a new pro contract – and that has put Wanderers in genuine jeopardy of losing a young defender who looked to have promise when he broke into the first team at the end of last season. Burnley and Sunderland are among the clubs linked with him – but the word at Lostock is that he could yet stay on.


One of last season’s more consistent players and at 30, still has plenty to give if he can stay away from injuries. Hasn’t been fixed up with a new club yet and plenty of fans would like to see him return.

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A mainstay of the 2016/17 promotion season, and one of the dressing room’s central figures ever since, Taylor turns 33 next month and has already started to make plans for life after football by taking a sports management degree. One more year?


Returned to Birmingham City after an unsuccessful loan spell for the final year of his contract and was pictured at pre-season training.


Doesn’t have a deal for next season but with Jordan Boon given a third-year scholarship it will be interesting to see whether Wanderers pick up the option.


Back at Everton and facing a defining season at Goodison Park. Shown he can cut it at Championship level but links to yet another loan move with Hibs in Scotland suggest his first team future on Merseyside is unsure.


Versatile youngster did pretty well in a messy situation last season and, like Williams, he has reached a stage in his Everton career where it’s now or never.


Most people’s pick for player of the season last year and even at 36 the midfielder would be a popular addition in League One. Has not ruled out a return on social media. We’ll see.

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Announced early in the summer that he will be leaving Wanderers after 17 years but while Hull City have shown an interest, his exact whereabouts next season is still unknown. Can he be tempted back?


With no deal able to be offered at Wanderers, the former Spurs youth product took up an offer from Accrington Stanley and will now be playing against Bolton in League One next season.


We all know what has happened to last season’s breakthrough star. Months of speculation, a contract termination refused then granted, and a £350,000 dream move to Celtic which could see him play in next season’s Champions League.


Some suggestion the winger was training with Rochdale as he searches for a new club this summer. A return to Bolton isn’t completely out of the question but budget would come into play.


Contracted to next season and now fully fit after an ankle injury. Wanderers might well turn to the former Birmingham City and Blackburn Rovers man for leadership as they try to galvanise a new squad.

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Frozen out for large spells last season, the midfielder is keen to put it all behind him and enjoy the final year of his Wanderers contract. Certainly has the pedigree to be a success at this level.


Starting a new life in Australia with Melbourne City, Noone joins former Wanderers Adam Le Fondre, Jem Karacan and Scott Jamieson in the A League.


Young midfielder signed a two-year contract with Halifax Town in the National League after his time at Bolton came to an end.


Now at Nottingham Forest, having been linked with a move to China – where he had actually gone on his holidays. The enigmatic winger terminated the final year of his deal after feeling the club had misled players at the end of last season over unpaid wages.


Dutch winger has now been released by Norwich City after a disappointing loan spell with Bolton and looking for a new club. Loose speculation has linked him with Wigan – but there have been no firm leads on his next club.

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Looks, for now, like he will be staying with Wanderers next season after some strong interest from Charlton Athletic. The playmaker Is hoping for some stability this season after a tough first year at the club.


Might just be the next first team player to roll off the academy conveyor belt. Darcy has had a good year under David Lee’s supervision at Under-23s level and got reward with a senior debut at Forest in May.


Released after an ignominious spell at Wanderers and turns 37 in September. No rumours have surfaced as yet about his next move.


Wasted no time in getting himself fixed up with Bradford City, now playing their football in League Two. The veteran striker spoke out about the difficulties players had last season whilst unpaid.

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The Northern Irishman has been in decent form for his country this summer and has one year left on his contract with Wanderers. Moves to Rangers and Hearts have been mooted – and the player himself has admitted he has yet to fully decide on his future. One to watch, perhaps?


Spent half of last season on loan with Accrington, so knows League One football fairly well. This would be the ideal time for him to bring some of those goals scored at Under-23s level into the senior set up.