WANDERERS have capped off a perfect week by securing playmaker Ali Crawford to a new two-year deal.

The Scot turned down offers from League One to stay at the University of Bolton Stadium, where he could play a major part in the Ian Evatt revolution.

Crawford was able to play just 16 times for Wanderers last season after missing nearly four months with a knee injury – but he caught the eye either side of his lay-off and was top of many fans’ wish-list to re-sign this summer.

The 28-year-old is looking forward to working with Evatt in a new-look squad which he feels should be gunning for promotion.

“I’m delighted to have got the deal over the line,” he said. “It’s good to have got it done nice and early, and for me to look forward to the season coming.

“Bolton Wanderers is a massive club and it shouldn’t be where it is. The challenge of trying to help the club get back up the leagues is one that excites me.

“Like the new Head Coach said, the aim is to try and get promoted from League Two as soon as possible and I’m looking forward to trying to help the club achieve that this season.”

Evatt immediately gave the thumbs up to re-signing Crawford, who created more goals and chances than anyone else in the squad despite his time on the side-lines.

“I am absolutely delighted we have secured Ali on a new two-year contract,” he said.

“He is exactly the type of player we want at the football club.

“Being a possession-based team, his quality on the ball will give us that cutting edge we need and I can’t wait to work with him.”