GEORGE Taft hopes he will feel right at home in the Wanderers Evo-lution.

The former Cambridge United and Burton Albion defender became the club’s third signing of the summer yesterday, penning a two-year deal.

Schooled at Leicester City and raised in the England youth set-up, the 6ft 4ins defender says his game is more subtle than his powerfully built frame might suggest.

“I’m a big lad, good in the air, but I like to play, I like to come out with the ball from the back and start things off and how Evo wants us to play it’s crucial I can do that,” he told the club.

“When he took over I got the phone call and I came up to have a look around a few days ago. It’s Bolton – a massive club. Other clubs were interested but as soon as I knew they were involved it was a no-brainer.

“We had a good chat, went through what he did last year, how he wants us to play this year, it’s attractive football and it’s going to get the fans going again. It’s what every footballer wants.”

Wanderers have plenty of work to do as they rebuild a squad which currently numbers just 15 professionals but the buzz around League Two is already talking of Evatt’s side as the early promotion favourites.

Taft helped Burton Albion secure the championship in 2014/15 and, as he turns 27 at the end of the month, feels the challenge of helping Bolton do the same has come at a perfect time in his career.

“We know the goal of this season, getting promoted,” he said. “And the squad he is putting together should be capable of that. We want to go out and do it on a Saturday.

“I’ll learn from the gaffer, who was a big centre-half as well, and I think I have a few years until I hit my prime. I want to hit the ground running here and improve.”

Evatt is looking to bring to Bolton the same tactical principles which served him well last season at Barrow, which is likely to include a back three.

The left-sided Taft could be a vital piece in the puzzle and he feels he has a good measure of what it will take to succeed.

“I have been in and around this level for a couple of years and it’s a hard league – but we have to make sure we go into every game confident,” he said.

“We’ll need hard work from everybody. It will be a new team so we have to gel well together and get to know how each other plays. I’ve been promoted out of this league before, so I think we can do it.

“I had a good season at Cambridge last season, played in a back three – which the gaffer wants to play here too. I think I can replicate that and push on.”