WANDERERS will not rush into making an offer to trialist Joel Lynch.

The 33-year-old former Sunderland and QPR defender has been training at Lostock for the last week and has impressed Whites boss Ian Evatt. 

But the Bolton boss is happy to bide his time and make sure Lynch is exactly the right fit for his squad before making a contract offer.

Evatt – who has declined to name the player specifically – may leave room for one more player to be registered when the club submit their official list of 22 to the EFL later today.

“We are not going to make the same mistakes as the past and rush into things,” he said. “We need to make sure we do due diligence, ensure he can stay on the pitch, be healthy and robust enough to cope with what we are doing. 

“We are not in a rush with it. He is still unattached and looking for a club so he has to come and earn it like everyone else. 

“He is in that position and has trained well this week, so we will see how we go. There is no timescale on it, we’ll see how it develops.”

Meanwhile, Evatt is looking forward to blooding his deadline-day signings at Salford this weekend, even if their arrival has naturally raised expectancy levels among the supporters.

The Wanderers boss believes his team has shown some signs of improvement throughout January and is optimistic they will continue to progress in the final 21 games.

“I have always been a person that thrives on pressure,” he said. “If you think about any success you have in your lifetime, whether it’s sport, your occupation, having children, everything brings with it stress and pressure. Nothing good in life comes without pressure.

“To get to the top and be the best you have to go through those stressful times.

“I am the manager of Bolton and I know the expectancy levels here. But I would rather have that pressure with the squad I have now. I have to put the right parts and pieces together now to get the right results.

“We hadn’t been on a great run prior to Leyton Orient but I do believe our performances had been slightly better and so if we can carry on improving, I have said all season I thought we would finish strongly and hopefully our early season form won’t cost us when it comes to the big finish. We are still in touch and I do think we have an opportunity.”