DECLAN John hopes he is thrown straight into the action as Wanderers finally wrapped up his loan from Swansea City.

The Welsh defender is itching for a return after being frozen out of the first team picture at his parent club in the Championship.

He has now signed at Bolton until the end of the season, after which he will be a free agent, and sees the club as a perfect platform to get himself moving once again.

“It’s good to be back around a first team environment.,” he said.

“I’ve been training with the Under-23s at Swansea and haven’t had much game time but I’m looking forward to being here and getting involved in some games.

“The main thing for me is to just come here and play.

“I’m at an age now where I just need to be playing two games a week, three games a week, it doesn’t matter - I just need to be playing.”

Ian Evatt has been hunting for the right player to play down the left, having failed to find the right Continued on 39 formula with Liam Gordon, Jamie Mascoll or natural right-backs, Gethin Jones and Harry Brockbank.

On announcing the signing, Wanderers confirmed the 25-year-old would be a part of the squad to face Exeter City next Tuesday, subject to international clearance.

It is unclear whether John will be used as a wing-back or as a natural left-back, with hints dropped in recent weeks that Wanderers could soon be moving towards a back four.

But the Bolton boss was delighted to complete his first deal of the January transfer window and could soon follow that up with another addition being lined up by the end of the week.

“We are delighted to bring in Declan on loan for the remainder of the season,” he said.

“At the age of just 25, he already has an excellent CV. He has real pace and quality, and will give us some natural balance on the left hand side of the pitch.

“We are excited to have him and I must thank Swansea City for helping us and being so good to deal with.”

Wanderers could add another signing to their ranks by the end of the week after freeing up space by loaning out defender George Taft to Scunthorpe United.

Midfielder Kieran Lee has been training with the club for several weeks and is understood to be close to an agreement with the club over a contract.
He too could come into contention for the trip to Exeter City’s St James Park on Tuesday night, with the club keen to conclude a deal by the weekend.